Feel fit and fabulous

PUBLISHED: 13:48 15 June 2009 | UPDATED: 16:02 20 February 2013

Anna Mason, exercise coach

Anna Mason, exercise coach

Anna Mason, weight management and exercise coach, looks at ways you can eat and exercise for energy and vitality.

Anna Mason, weight management and exercise coach, looks at ways you can eat and exercise for energy and vitality.

Over the years I have seen many people trying to find a 'diet' that suits them - one that will get them through the day without those troughs in energy loss.

Of course a diet is only a diet if you are trying to lose weight and for those that wish to maintain their weight it needs to be a 'lifestyle' way of eating.

For optimun energy, exercise goes hand in hand with healthy eating because it makes us feel good, gets our blood pumping and wakes us up.

It may well be a big effort to get started but when you have made that effort oh boy does it feel good! Exercise gets the endorphins, the 'happy hormones' whizzing around the body this makes us feel uplifted.

How to eat well

The very best and nutritious foods to eat are those that are completely natural, those that have not undergone any processes, have had nothing added or, for that matter, taken away. When you go to the supermarket for your weekly shop just think about buying foods from the outside isles only, with a very quick dip into the middle for oat cakes. This means you will be filling your trolley with fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh fish and meat. With the onset of summer there are some wonderful salads about so make the most of them, dress them with some balsamic vinegar, olive oil and a squeeze of lemon...very tasty.

How to exercise

If you are a gym fan then great, ensure you have your programme updated regularly to ease any boredom. If you are a tennis player then this really is the time of year for you, enjoy that sunshine. What about an exercise class of some sort. There are plenty to choose from, aerobics, body pump, step classes, spinning classes, these are all for the energetic who don't mind getting a sweat on.

However, if you prefer something a little less rigorous then perhaps a pilates class, a yoga class (although these can be very tough) or a flexibility class might be up your street. Maybe none of these appeal, perhaps it's getting out in the air and going for a walk that's right for you. Whatever it is your chosen exercise must be enjoyable and fit in with your lifestyle or quite simply you won't do it.

Top tips to looking and feeling fabulous

1. Avoid processed foods

2. Avoid sugar in your diet

3 Get out the cook books and get creative with basic foods

4. Use plenty of fresh herbs and spices to flavour your cooking

5. Drink two litres of water daily.

6 Find an exercise you enjoy.

7 Get an "Exercise Buddy" it's so much more fun when you have a friend.

Be Sensible

You should consult your doctor before embarking on a weight loss/gain/maintenance and/or exercise regime.

If you decide to start exercising after a period of relative inactivity you should start very slowly and consult your doctor if you experience discomfort, distress or any other symptoms.

You can learn more about the "All About You" diet for life and exercise programmes by contacting Anna on Tel; 07778 218009 or by e-mail anna@annamason.co.uk or visit www.annamason.co.uk

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