So you’ve made it through the Easter break. The four days of the year when your idea of cardio is scavenging around the yard in search of eggs.

You know it’s only a matter of time until you have to undo the top button of your jeans, and then the whole zipper, before giving up entirely and opting for no pants at all. Then all of a sudden the weekend’s been and gone and you’re feeling as slow and lethargic as a sloth, filled with as much guilt as you are chocolate.

Or is that just me…?

Once you’ve dived headfirst into the land of over-indulgence, it can sometimes feel impossible to climb back up. The ensuing drop in temperature doesn’t help the situation, either.

If this sounds all too familiar, then here are some tips to help get you motivated and make 2017 your best winter yet.

  1. Take a moment to acknowledge the feeling of guilt and sadness from overindulging. Moment’s over.
  2. Now, focus on what makes you happy – like seeing your besties. Hanging out with friends releases endorphins, as does exercise. There’s so much more to fitness than sweating it out on a boring treadmill alone (yep, too many of us still do this) so get moving together.
  3. Set weekly play dates to see, motivate and hold each other accountable.
  4. Bump up the resistance training to increase your muscle mass (you’ll not only feel like queens, you’ll stay warmer too).
  5. Sign up for a sport (hello, instant squad). You’ll get so much more out of it than you realise.

And before you know it you’ll be all…

Next week, this girl is back on the go to test out Women’s AFL and find out what all the fuss is about. I’ll report back (if I make it out alive) and share my adventures (plus any training tips to get Buddy-Franklin-fit) with you.

I’ve put together a full-body workout (below) to help get the blood pumping and work off that excess chocolate. Go at your own pace (in pairs or in a group) and once you feel more confident with the exercises, motivate each other to get through another set.

Becky Bergman

Xx

Girl on the Go AMRAP

6 mins x 4 = 24 minutes

After warming up, complete each of the following exercises consecutively, for as many rounds as possible, in 6 minutes. Begin with Circuit 1 and once the 6 minutes are up, rest for 60 seconds before completing Circuit 2. Repeat x 2.

CIRCUIT 1

–           10 x burpees (or sit down on the ground and stand up 10 times)

–           15 x jump squats (or standard or half-squats)

–           10 x 4 mountain climbers + 1 push up

–           16 x lunges (each side)

CIRCUIT 2

–           10 x box/bench jumps (or step ups)

–           10 x push-ups (knees or toes)

–           12 x single leg squats (use the bench!)

–           12 x bench dips

Remember to cool down and stretch!