It’s official! You have exactly ONE MONTH to look smokin’ hot in that slinky LBD on NYE. You’re in luck because we have seven foolproof, SC tried-and-tested ways to get you there each week. Just stick to our weekly fitness calendar and you can thank us later!
Day 1: Switch to Detox Water.
Action plan: Drinking water helps cleanse your system of all toxins, loose weight and keeps you hydrated. And if plain water is boring, then infuse with slices of fresh seasonal fruits. It’s a fuss free, zero calorie drink.
SC Loves: Cucumber-lemon detox water is great for boosting your immune system, reduces bloating and aids in digestion.The ratio is for about eight cups of distilled water, you need one cucumber sliced, one lemon or lime sliced (rind, seeds and all) and 10 mint leaves. Combine them all in a large pitcher and allow it to refridgerate overnight. Sip through the day.
Day 2: Replace your one meal a day with a salad.
Action Plan: Technically you’re not skipping a meal. Only replacing it with a low-calorie substitute. Remember to include deep, autumn-coloured fruits and vegetables which contain the most anti-oxidants and nutrients and keep the salad dressing light and refreshing.
SC Loves: The biggest mistake most dieters make is to cut carbs. But actually healthy, high-fibre carbs increase energy levels so you can burn fat! Combine onions, tomatoes, babycorn, capsicum, sprouts and boiled brown rice in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Dress with whole-grain mustard, apple cider vinegar, olive oil and fresh basil.
Day 3: Dance!
Action Plan: It’s fun, helps strenghten muscles and releases ‘happy’ hormones!
SC Loves: Did you know that one hour of Zumba can help you loss around 300 to 600 calories?
Day 4: 15 minutes strength workouts.
Action plan: Spending 15 mins on a core strength routine as soon as you wake up in the morning or before you go to bed at night will do wonders for your body.
SC Loves: Just get down on the ground and crank out 20 push-ups, sit-ups, crunches and planks. Start with one set and gradually build your stamina up.
Day 5: Healthy mind.
Action plan: Yoga is what you need for a perfect combination of healthy mind and body. With high-stress levels in our lives, yoga acts as a holistic package and brings together the body, mind and soul to a state of zen.
SC Loves: The yoga station at the Tangerine Arts studio combines two traditional forms of yoga, the hatha and the Ashtanga practise to help you achieve the best form, build strength, flexibility, endurance, stillness and awareness.
Day 6: Don’t skip breakfast.
Action plan: Eating a power packed breakfast gives you the energy to kick-start your day and adding that extra protein helps in muscle repair and also keeps your apetite in check.
SC Loves: Mushroom and tomato omelette, which makes for a powerful brekkie. Whisk four egg whites and cook them in a teaspoon of olive oil. Once the eggs are almost cooked add half a cup of fresh mushrooms, tomatoes, low-fat cottage cheese, red bell peppers, onions and spinach. Cook until eggs are set and fold over.
Day 7: Try Kick-boxing.
Action plan: Self-defence with a muscle sculpting exercises that work your arms, shoulders, abs, thighs and butts? Yes please!
SC Loves: Xtreme Fight Federation (XFF) who specialise in kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Judo, Muay Thai, Taekwondo etc or go for a trial session at Amit Lalwani who conducts certified courses on kickboxing and Muay Thai.