It's Caroline Sandry, QVC's fitness guest here. I've found that many people start a new year full of good intentions about being healthy and losing weight, only to find that January has passed by and they are still clinging onto their comforting tea and biscuit routine!
If this sounds familiar, then fear not! I have some top tips to help you stay on track with your fitness and weight loss goals:
Be kind to yourself! Make sure that you set realistic and achievable weight loss goals, and as you achieve each goal, reward yourself with a healthy treat, or a little pampering session.
Goals such as losing 2 kilos, exercising 3 times per week or walking 5000 steps each day should be easy to achieve, and this is much more motivating than setting huge goals such as dropping 2 dress sizes, and then feeling miserable when you fail.
Move more! It is that simple! The more active you are, the more calories you will burn, and the healthier and slimmer you will be. Don't feel you have to spend hours at the gym instead try walking to the shops, school or bank, using stairs instead of lifts, get active with the family at weekends and put some vigour into your chores.
Keep some exercise equipment in the lounge and in your line of vision! That way, when you are watching TV at night, the piece of equipment will be looking at you, giving your conscience a little nudge into action! Try the Swingstick or Shake Weight which both take up very little space.
More key tips
- Get a helping hand with The Diet Chef. Their 20-day diet plan is designed to not only help you lose weight alongside regular exercise, but it will also teach you about portion control and types of food that you can eat so that you can continue to eat well for life, and it tastes GREAT!
- Soups have been shown to keep you fuller for longer, helping to prevent over eating. The Diet Chef carrot and butterbean soup is my favourite as the beans are really filling, and a great form of protein which is important when you are trying to lose weight.
- Walking is often overlooked in a fitness plan, but it is a fabulous way to shape up and get healthy. In order to lose weight, you should aim for around 10,000 steps per day. Use a pedometer to measure your step count, and build up gradually. QVC's Rosemary Conley weight loss set includes a pedometer.
- Pilates is a wonderful way to improve your posture. Look out for Pilates shows on QVC or check out their great range of Pilates DVDs and accessories.
- My last tip is to have fun! Exercise should be enjoyable, and the more you enjoy it, the more likely you will be to stick with it! So dance around your lounge, play Frisbee with the kids, bounce on a trampoline, or try canoeing, feel the wind in your hair and stride around the park – the more you move your body, the more it will thank you!
Wishing you a healthy and fun year!
You can next catch Caroline on QVC on the 14th February