Fitness Formation: Keep up the good work even in winter

Ryan Donohue.
Ryan Donohue.
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With only a few weeks to go before Christmas and with the nights getting shorter, darker and wetter, this time of year is the hardest for people to keep up with regular exercise and healthy eating.

Only last year, mother of two boys Leonie Hodgson, 45, from Carnforth was exactly the same. With all of lifes stresses, Leonie would finish work and do anything and everything but exercise.

Come January this year, Leonie decided enough was enough. It was time to make a change.

Unfortunately not all New Year Resolutions are a success. Most people set out with the best intentions at heart but never follow through with their goals and exercise is usually top of the list of failures.

However since January, Leonie has lost lost over a stone and dropped three dress sizes. Much more important than her body transformation is the psychological impact that regular exercise has had on her life.

To quote Leonie herself: “I had gained confidence, bags of energy and a very positive outlook on life. Plus some fantastic friendships and the ability to deal with day to day stresses.”

All this from regular exercise and a few small changes to ones eating habits.

No matter where you are in your life, do not let this time of the year go to waste and ruin all your hard work this year. Just like Leonie is doing right now, make sure you get active at least 3-4 times a week.