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Six fitness tips from Australians to keep you working out during the winter

Prima (UK) logo Prima (UK) 31/12/2017 Sophie Hines

Six fitness tips from Australians to keep you working out during the winter © Caiaimage/Robert Daly / Getty Six fitness tips from Australians to keep you working out during the winter Australians are known for their energetic approach to life, and keeping fit is as much a part of the Aussie lifestyle as barbecues, surfing and enjoying the great outdoors.

Obviously, the climate helps, but what can Australians teach us about staying motivated and getting results from our exercise regime?

One person who definitely know is Michael Chapman, head trainer at F45 Tottenham Court Road. F45 is an Aussie fitness phenomenon that has turned into a global franchise, offering high intensity group fitness classes in 31 countries worldwide.

Here, Michael reveals four fitness secrets to learn from our Aussie friends…

1. Embrace wanderlust every day

Everyone knows that Aussies love to travel. But how can you incorporate that into your everyday fitness? Well, you need to start exploring your surroundings.

Cycle around a beautiful local park, or choose a longer walk to work - you'll be amazed at what secret beauties you'll discover, all while getting active and burning those calories!

2. Keep it social

Aussies love to work out with their friends - who wouldn't? Working out with other people, whether it's your best mates or regulars at a fitness class, helps build a sense of community, and creates a bit of healthy competition, which is often great for keeping you motivated.

3. Change your attitude

Stop thinking about fitness as a chore. It's not! Fitness is simply what you make of it.

For Aussies, exercise is part of the lifestyle. Going to the gym isn't the only way to exercise; whether it's taking up surfing or sailing if you live near the coast, taking long walks around the city at the weekend, or even taking up a hobby like football or basketball, if you think outside the box with your workouts you'll get hooked, and results will follow.

4. Get outdoors

Okay, this is easier said than done in the UK, but embrace the Aussie tendency to exercise outdoors where possible and it's not just your body that will benefit.

Numerous pieces of research have found links between being outdoors and a reduction in stress. Fresh air and increased oxygen helps release the feel-good brain chemical, serotonin – so your mood will be boosted.

What's more, Aussies get plenty of Vitamin D from outdoor exercise, which is essential for strong bones. So make sure to take advantage of the sunshine when it does poke its head around the clouds in the UK and get training outside if and when you can!

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5. Wake up and train

You know that expression 'the early bird gets the worm'? Well, it is pretty much a religion in Australia, and one of our biggest hacks is the early morning workout.

All along our populated coasts you'll be able to find people out for a morning run along the beach, an energising swim in the ocean, or in the gym working out at team classes.

Getting the blood pumping first thing in the morning is a great way to jump start your metabolism, and get your brain firing on all cylinders.

Furthermore, the flood of endorphins your body releases post-exercise, coupled with that self-congratulatory feeling of knowing you did something to further your health and wellness, guarantees that you start the day off on a huge mental high.

6. HIIT the gym!

Aussies love a HIIT workout. The fast paced, efficient and effective training method guarantees fast results - and if you're aiming to shed fat and build lean muscle, then there really is nothing better (hence the huge popularity of F45).

According to Netdoctor, HIIT training sessions push the heart rate to about 90-100% of its maximum, so it's efficient and effective for strengthening it over time.

Technically speaking, HIIT classes focus on repetition of the same exercise, executed in a short time frame, which creates an oxygen deprivation that causes a higher energy expenditure during the recovery, or you continue to burn more calories AFTER you've finished the workout. Other benefits from HIIT include a boost to aerobic and anaerobic fitness.

(via Good Housekeeping)

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