So, we’ve already let you know how important good and healthy food is for pre and post gym routines and some of our salads are the perfect healthy boost you need to keep you on track providing plenty of vegetables that are low in calories and fat, but high in essential vitamins and minerals needed for good healthy diet. Meals to keep body and mind revitalised and ready for action. We’ve also got some paleo treats for afters which can’t be all that bad either!

To tie in with your new found health food kick, we’ve got five exercise plans that are easy and will help get you motivated rather than sitting on the couch watching Netflix!

1. Exercise at the weekends

Experts have found that squeezing all you exercise into your weekend is just as beneficial as spreading it throughout the week. Get up and out early on a Saturday or Sunday and reward yourself with a brunch date afterwards!

2. Choose a fun or alternative class

We tend to forget that exercise comes in all forms of movement and doesn’t have to be tough cardio and weights routines all the time. In fact, a study showed that Zumba is actually better at burning calories than traditional exercise classes. Get dancing!

3. Even a short workout can make a difference

You don’t have to spend hours chained to the treadmill, as little as 30 minutes every weekday can be enough to reduce some of the health risks associated with boozing, say scientists.

4. Bring a workout buddy

Research has found that if you exercise with a friend you are more likely to train for longer and harder. Competitive much?! It also means you are less likely to find an excuse to skip a session, which we all need on a cold dark winter day

5. Home fitness space

Having your own mini “gym” is such a great way to feel like you’re in control of your workouts. Keep a basket with resistance bands, weights, yoga mat and foam roller somewhere with lots of space and air. Ideally a room where you can play workout DVD’s or follow some YouTube videos.

6. Have a few go-to workouts memorised

Pick some of your favourite routines from magazines or fitness web sites and once you start to repeat they’ll be easy to remember. Vary from strength workouts to cardio routines. An ideal routine to kick off is something like:

  • 20 body weight squats
  • 10 push ups
  • 20 walking lunges
  • 10 dumbbell rows
  • 15 second plank
  • 30 Jumping Jacks