Tone up for 2010
PUBLISHED: 16:19 15 December 2009 | UPDATED: 16:31 20 February 2013
As we welcome in the New Year and wave goodbye to party season, at the top of many resolution lists will be to lose weight and get fit
This year ensure your good health intentions do not fall by the wayside by ignoring the crash dieting/zany celebrity-influenced eating habits route and instead, focussing on losing weight and toning up naturally.
It has been hailed as one of the Top Ten Fitness Trends for 2010 and is great for toning the body, strengthening your back, increasing flexibility in stiff joints, improving posture, flattening the stomach, improving fitness levels and enhancing all-round wellbeing. The buzz workout on everyones lips is - Pilates.
Osteopaths, physiotherapists and general practitioners recommend Pilates as one of the safest forms of exercise due to its holistic approach based upon an in-depth understanding of the bodys muscular and skeletal systems. The exercise method is designed to elongate, strengthen and restore balance throughout the body.
For those suffering from aches and pains due to circumstances such as lack of movement at work due to an office-based position, Pilates is excellent for improving the mobility and flexibility of the spine.
After just one session, I found my bottom, hamstrings, arms and tummy were feeling the workout effects for a few days after and I felt the toning starting immediately. In addition to this, I felt calm, relaxed and re-energised as it is an excellent way of relieving the symptoms of stress and tension.
Both women and men from their mid-20s to late 70s were present in my class all getting to grips with the movements. Pilates is an exercise you could easily fit into your life, whether as part of a class or alone in the comfort of your front room as the immeasurable health benefits are enticing for all ages.
Another exercise for life which is a brilliant healthy way to get out into the great outdoors, drop those lingering pounds and tone up is Joanna Halls Walk Off Weight walking technique which uses all your muscles, burns up to 400 calories in 30 minutes and leaves you feeling invigorated and raring to go.
The Diet and Movement Specialist is no stranger to our homes and living rooms as the former This Morning fitness expert, star of exercise DVDs, author of 14 books and described as the most influential woman in fitness by Cosmopolitan Magazine.
Enormously passionate about helping people manage their weight via walking, Joannas technique has shown impressive results with clients losing up to 10lbs in body weight and dropping 10 inches in body mass within 28 days of putting the walk into practice.
When the technique is implemented correctly, it has been clinically proven to reduce the risk of diseases including diabetes, osteoporosis and breast cancer.
There may be a few sceptics who wonder how you can possibly walk incorrectly but once you have put Joannas technique through its paces you will quickly feel and see the difference.
Nor is it difficult to get the hang of as Joanna deliberately created the technique to be easy to learn and easy to incorporate into day-to-day life. Many of Joannas clients feel empowered after mastering the technique that they alone can control their weight and fitness levels, whatever age or gender.
After a whistle-stop trial of the technique I felt immediate differences in my fitness levels and my whole body from arms to feet felt toned. I mainly noticed how healthy I felt after the quick session as the technique even prevented my usual breathing problems - being asthmatic - due to walking at a pace which is specifically right for you.
My technique unravels the way we naturally want to walk and in 24 hours we can correct that. It gives you fluidity and confidence in how you can move your body at any age of your life and at any stage of your life, says Joanna.
Joanna will bring her first Walking Spa Break to the North East in April, with a two night/three day stay in the beautiful grounds of Matfen Hall where guests can learn the technique and receive numerous spa benefits throughout their luxurious stay.
By finding an exercise regime that works for you and incorporating healthy eating into your New Year fitness plan you will soon begin to look and feel great.
Joanna Halls Walking Spa Break will take place at Matfen Hall on the 25th-27th April. For further information on Joanna Hall please visit www.joannahall.com. For booking enquiries for the Walking Spa Break please contact Matfen Hall directly on (01661) 855729 or visit www.matfenhall.com to book online.