THE weather is warming up, gyms all around the country are all of a sudden operating on maximum capacity and weight loss commercials are flooding our TV screens.

But according to personal trainer and fitness expert Chris Robinson, it’s not too late to get your body into gear.

“Physical fitness is not only important for a healthy body, it’s also the basis for maintaining a healthy mind,” he said.

“It is never too late changing to a healthier lifestyle, and with a few great pointers on how to get the most out of your diet and fitness regime, your body will be beach-ready in time for the holidays.”

Chris, who runs his own business called BodySkinSoul, added that fitness is not just about muscles, six packs and half marathons.

“It’s about the whole of you as a human being,” he said.

“I hope I can give you some useful insights and ideas for you to become happier with your body, skin and soul.”

For those of you who have been comfortable on the sofa during winter and have not yet dared to go into the shorts drawer and try on those shorts you bought last summer, here are Chris’ five tips on getting back on track:

1) MAKE TIME

Like 99 per cent of people living in big cities, we all struggle to find the time to brush our teeth, let alone allocate time for our fitness and dieting. However, the simple answer is to find the time. Having a regular fitness program, sticking to a balanced diet and finding some “me time” to cleanse your soul will dramatically improve your quality of life, your physical aesthetic and your health. 

2) SET GOALS

It’s all about taking the first step to your new fit way of life. Once you get the ball rolling there is no looking back and you will thank yourself in the future.  Set a goal that is achievable and that resonates with you. It might be losing a few kilograms, putting on some muscle size, increasing your well-being, releasing some stress, or making time to exercise. Evaluate your goals and work out a plan to accomplish those goals.

3) FIND THE RIGHT ACTIVITY

Not everyone enjoys going to the gym or running for miles. There are now more options than ever before and here are some great options for you to get into shape:

Gym training indoors Outdoor training in a nearby park or beach  Train with a friend  Hire a personal trainer for some extra motivation Mix up your workouts: do a combination of both indoor and outdoor sessions Ride or walk to and from work Play sports with a local team  Try a new group class

Exercise is a small devotion that will see your life change in an extremely positive way. Sometimes people need that extra push from a personal trainer, and that is highly recommended as it would keep you focused, motivated and on track to your new fit way of life.

4) EAT THE RIGHT FOOD

You get fit in the gym; you get lean in the kitchen. It’s a simple analogy, and Chris will provide more information on food in another article in a future edition.

5) START NOW AND BE HAPPY

It is important to remember that keeping fit is not only important for aesthetic reasons but also to maintain a healthy mind and soul. It’s a known fact that when we work up a sweat exercising our body releases endorphins known as a natural “happy drug” which in turn stimulates our body to not only look good but to feel good as well.

“All the sweat, the time, the pain and the devotion will pay off in the long run,” Chris said.

“I am a big believer in the amount of energy you in in, the more you will get back.

Chris re-iterated the fact that physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is also the basis of maintaining a healthy mind.

“I like to make my training sessions fun, stimulating and enjoyable,” Chris said.

“Through dieting and personalised training sessions, I deliver programs that are unique to the needs and wants of my clients.”

Chris Robinson is a qualified personal trainer. You can contact him via his business BodySkinSoul by visiting www.bodyskinsoul.com

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