Most of Australia is gearing up for the Commonwealth Games from April 4 to 15 on the sunny Gold Coast. Whether you have tickets to the games or you’re watching from home, all the supremely fit athletes showing their sporting prowess should be motivation enough to get on the health and fitness bandwagon. You may not get to stand on the podium at the games, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be your own medal winner and strive for personal best.
The games provide a great opportunity to focus on health, wellbeing and set some new sporting goals. Here are our tips for realising your workout dreams.
Keep on moving
The human machine is designed to move. When you exercise you release endorphins, the happy hormones that help you feel better, sleep better and often guide you towards eating better as well. This doesn’t mean you have to cycle across Australia, unless it’s on your bucket list, of course! You want to avoid running yourself ragged as you’ll only end up with adrenal fatigue, which can lead to your body storing the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is the enemy of weight loss as it amps up your insulin levels and leads you to crave more fatty, sugary foods.
Find the balance with a mix of moderate and high-intensity training on the track and in the gym to tone and sculpt your silhouette. Weights are great for boosting metabolism and burning fat, while high-intensity training and spin classes will help improve your cardiovascular fitness. Remember, Pilates is a great floor workout to help strengthen your core and pelvic floor. And you certainly can’t turn up to Pilates without your very own fitness circle to help tone your arms and legs.
Remembering to relax
After all that time in the gym, you’ll love the Junomojo muscle relaxer to ease tension from your overworked muscles. You’ll also need some lighter low-impact exercise, such as yoga to help maintain flexibility and release any lactic acid build-up. Indulge in a beautiful yoga mat from Junomojo, which not only looks great but is super comfortable and non-slip as well. Yoga is a great way to fine-tune your focus and clear your mind ready for the challenges of your day.
The Commonwealth Games athletes train hard to hit the highs, but they also know the benefits of finding a great relaxation technique to help them focus and maintain motivation.
Set goals and reward your own progress
Whatever you want to achieve in life, you need to set realistic goals. It is better to set the bar a little lower and see real progress than to go too high and suffer the setback of defeat. The big trick to setting successful goals is to never compare yourself to anyone else. You’re running your own race; you only need to be number one for what’s important for you.
Avoid beating yourself up if you don’t see results straightaway. The Commonwealth Games athletes didn’t get to compete at international level overnight, so reward yourself as you go and be proud you’re getting your trainers on and heading out the door. Some indulgent treat ideas to keep you motivated and in the mood for more exercise are the 100% Silk Magnolia Eye Mask, which is a great way to soothe your sense, along with essential oils, which can either invigorate and relax you – depending on what you need.
Follow a sensible routine, get plenty of sleep, eat well and remember – slow and steady wins the race every time.