Shape up for the year ahead with our fitness guest’s tips


Hi everyone,

Caroline Saundry 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!
          Caroline x

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You can next catch Caroline on QVC on the 14th February


  1. Sharon Gasparutti January 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Caroline,
    Thanks for the tips about getting fit, however for me that is rather easy at present as my mum is in hospital having suffered a stroke a few days ago and the brand new Peteborough City Hospital is brilliant for that purpose! There is the very long atrium that you have to walk through, then another long walk before you then turn left to the lifts to the third (sorry, I haven’t found the stairs yet!) When getting to the third floor you then have a fairly long walk through the correct ward to where my poor old mums’ room is. Now surely that qualifies as a good bit of exercise, eh?

  2. Maggie Upton January 23, 2011 at 5:01 pm -  Reply

    I don’t know if I’m allowed to ask a question here or not? I have the Pilates Premier machine it came with a work out video, I no longer have a video machine will the DVD’s be compatable with my machine or are they just for use with Aero Pilates machines? I did try to contact Marjolen on the e mail address at lighter life but it doesn’t seem to exist anymore.I don’t really know what to do so haven’t been using my machine.

  3. caroline January 24, 2011 at 12:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Maggie,
    Regarding your Pilates machine and videos:- yes you can use the DVDs for the Aero Pilates machine. There will obviously be some exercises you cannot do as you will not have the trampoline attachment, but all of the other exercises (elephant, leg in straps etc ) will be the same from one machine to the other. Hope this helps!
    Best wishes

  4. caroline January 24, 2011 at 12:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sharon,
    Sorry to hear about your Mum – but you are right about the walking. And dion’t even try to find the stairs – you will do your heart lungs, and legs a lot more good by going up the 3 flights of stairs! You should get a pedometer and see how many steps you really do cover, and then try to keep it up when you Mum is out of hospital!
    Good luck to you both,

  5. Maggie Upton January 24, 2011 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Caroline it is Maggie again I don’t have the Aero machine I have the older premier machine hence the video which came with it, will I be able to use the DVD’s with it? I will buy them from QVC as I’ve seen levels 1 to 3 are in stock just didn’t want to get them if I have the wrong amount of cords etc, there are 4 with the premier machine. I didn’t use it for years as I slackened the cords and wasn’t strong enough to tighten them up again until i confided in a friend!xx

  6. caroline January 26, 2011 at 10:49 am -  Reply

    Hi again Maggie,
    Yes – I would definitely get the 1-3 dvd series. If you feel that your cords are a bit slacker or you have a different number of cords then adjust until it feel right. Just make sure that you can keep your tummy in and prevent your back arching, whilst ensuring that you feel the exercise is challenging your muscles. Going up or down one cord will not cause you any problems provided you can keep the abs flat.
    And remember – any pilates you do is better than no pilates!!
    Good luck,
    C x

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