Tori’s two cents

Posted on July 8, 2011

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The other day I was asked by a magazine to give my top five health, fitness and wellness tips.  

Only five I thought?!

Ask yourself the same question and you soon realise that this is pretty hard as between living, eating, training, working, wellness and more, day in day out, there are countless tips and tools that we follow to keep us guided in the right direction.

But five it had to be and below are the tips that made the cut. Looking at them now, I realise that my entire belief system in this area seems to centre around a very holistic approach.

What would yours be?

Something to ponder over this afternoon whilst you snooze by the pool and enjoy weekend living.

LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE

Fitness isn’t just about a physical state; it’s about your overall wellness, realising that we have one body and it doesn’t come with an old for new guarantee. With this in mind, take care of yourself day in day out and try to make healthy lifestyle choices 80% of the time.

RECOGNISE THE MIND : BODY CONNECTION

I’m an avid believer in the mind : body connection. In fact, when participating in a big event, physical fitness will only take you so far and thereafter, it’s all down to your inner strength. A strong mind is also incredibly empowering; it gives you confidence and courage which leaks into every areas of your life.

FIND YOUR BALANCE

Sport and training can become addictive but never lose sight of the fact that it’s just a hobby. I continually try to assess the balance in my life and make sure I find time to pursue my other passions.

SPICE IT UP

If you don’t mix up your training you will plateau and quickly get bored so spice up your routine by trying new classes or workouts regularly. Try also to incorporate both cardio and strength / low impact and high impact into your training plan.

GO FOR GOALS

Motivation levels in the best of us go through peaks and troughs.  To combat this, I think it’s important to set regular goals to work towards. Whether running your first 5k, committing to lose 10lbs or striving to master a new sport, set a goal and then work backwards to implement a plan to get you there.

TAKE TIME OUT        

Only a small proportion of your time is actually spent training so make sure you consider your non-training time as well. Treat yourself to massages, meditate, take up yoga … and sleep … only when sleeping does your body really get the chance to renew and repair.

 

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