Whip your body (and mind) into shape for summer

The sun’s shining, people are smiling and daylight saving has started !

With a couple of months before Christmas, now is the perfect time to prioritise your health goals to ensure you’re feeling fit and full of energy all summer long.  

Not sure where to start? We asked Erica Scrivenor from F45 Mount Maunganui for her top workout and nutrition tips.

PS - if you haven’t tried F45 yet, chances are someone you know has! It’s the fitness movement sweeping the globe - the ‘F’ stands for functional and ‘45’ means 45 minutes of high-intensity circuit-training.

VOYA: Summer’s right around the corner – what are your tips for getting into shape?

ERICA: The most important thing to do is start! Get active, make time for yourself, move your body and set yourself a goal.

My personal goal is to run up the Mount in 11 minutes. I’m still running up the steps and walking the flat parts, but hopefully I’ll be running the whole thing soon! Goals are really important – they help motivate you and keep you on track – so make your goals clear, write them down, and stick to them.

VOYA: There are so many diets out there (paleo, keto, the list goes on). What’s the deal?

ERICA: Strict diets work for some people, but in my opinion, they’re generally unsustainable.

When it comes to losing weight, there’s no quick fix. It’s important to eat regular, healthy meals (breakfast, snack, lunch, snack and dinner) and exercise portion control. If you try to keep your nutrition as simple as possible with lots of green vegetables, wholegrains, protein and a little fruit, you’ll start to feel and look amazing.

 

VOYA: How can we stay healthy over the festive season?

ERICA: Portion control is key – especially during the silly season! If you want to try everything on the table, that’s totally fine, just try to have a little rather than a lot of every dish. That way, you don’t feel like you’re missing out.

Try to stay active, too. You don’t need to be in the gym every day to stay healthy – swim, go for beach walks, play games with your family and get out and about in the sunshine.

When my members go away on holiday I give them a 20 minute ‘gravity workout’, which is essentially a body weight workout they can do anytime, anywhere. It consists of burpees, planks, squats, frog squats, lunges, push ups and other exercises that don’t require any equipment but help to burn fat, build muscle and encourage great results.

VOYA: What’s your advice for self-confidence this summer?

ERICA: Whether it’s having a bath, meditating, practising yoga, going for a run, indulging in beautiful skin products or reading a book – taking time out for yourself is the best way to feel great and boost your confidence.

I used to be terrible with finding time to look after myself, I’d put off having a haircut until I really needed it! But when I finally did it, I felt amazing. I now try to prioritise ‘me time’ throughout the week, even if it’s just heading to the beach for a short walk. Whenever I make time to show myself some love, I always feel so amazing and refreshed.

 

VOYA Muscle Recovery range

The best part about getting active? Indulging in our new body range specifically designed to aid muscle recovery and soothe aches and pains, of course.

You don’t have to be an athlete to suffer from tension and fatigue, so you’ll be pleased to know our Muscle Recovery collection features hand-harvested seaweed blended with ginger and sweet orange to break down lactic acid and speed up muscle recovery.

Our top picks are Feel the Heat Muscle Warming Gel ($69.00) and Serenergise Muscle Relaxing Body Oil ($89.00). Check out the rest of the new range here.

Don’t put up with aches and pains associated with travelling either – whenever you’re next in Auckland, make a pit stop at the Spa at the Pullman Hotel (five-star) for a luxurious Muscle Melt Treatment.