Meet Calgary AvansinoCalgary Avansino is a wellbeing expert, Vogue contributing editor, healthy eating advocate and author of Keep It Real. She suggests combining a fun exercise – like barre workouts – with healthy eating to stay fit through winter.
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WORKING OUT WITH FRIENDS Stay motivated by sharing your commitment with someone else: a partner, friend, colleague or sibling. It’s always more fun to share a laugh while sweating.
Smoothies Green smoothies are a terrific way to get veggies into your breakfast routine. One of my great top tips for smoothies is to add a peeled lemon. It adds the perfect spark of flavour – plus it has much-needed health benefits.
TRYING NEW EXERCISE Be adventurous! Whether it’s a barre class or HIIT, TRX or kickboxing, Pilates or paddle-boarding, interval training or a running club… This is the way to take your workout to the next level. Push yourself in new ways.
DIGITAL DETOX At night I leave my phone outside the bedroom. It stops me from being tempted to check it during the night, which breaks sleep. It also prevents me from checking e-mails the second I wake up, and turning the vibrate option off for e-mails during the day helps me stay focused on whatever I’m doing.
Matcha Tea Instead of the hard hit of coffee, I like the smooth richness of matcha tea - it's similar to traditional green tea, except rather than just infusing the tea leaves, you’re drinking them. That makes for a greater boost of antioxidants.
Scheduling workouts I always schedule workouts into my diary in the same way I would a business meeting. Look at your week ahead and see where you can fit in a class, a run or a trip to the gym. Mix it up and put it on your calendar - in pen!
EAT REAL FOOD I’m often asked what’s on my plate. The answer: REAL FOOD. By that, I mean plants that grew in the ground, on trees and bushes. Not foods made with chemicals, processed, or laden with ingredients you can’t pronounce. At least 70% of our plate should be veg.
BREATHING If we’re feeling negative, our breath becomes short, leaving us tense and with a rapid heart-beat. By breathing deeply our muscles start to relax and we get more oxygen into every cell. This helps increase stamina, improve concentration and release endorphins.
PREPPING BREAKFAST AHEAD No one has time to make complicated breakfasts, so start the night before. Whether it’s mixing chia seeds and nut milk or whisking together your eggs and spinach for an omelette, it feels good waking up knowing you’re halfway there.
Lists I have lists for just about everything – my children, household, work, holidays, gifts, grocery shopping etc – they help me feel organised and on top of everything. I hate the thought of forgetting something, which just adds undue stress to life, so this helps me avoid that.
SIMPLE SWAPS To start your healthy journey, begin with simple swaps. Perhaps have almond milk on cereal instead of dairy, matcha or herbal tea instead of coffee or avocado with scrambled eggs instead of a fry up. Start with one swap a week and build it up.
READ THE SUGAR LABELS Maple syrup, date syrup, sucrose, dextrose, maltose, rice syrup – there are many ways of labelling it other than ‘sugar’. It’s essential we cut back by recognising where it is hiding and remembering 4 grams of sugar equals 1 teaspoon. Don’t assume because something is ‘natural’ or ‘low-fat’ that it’s good for you.
WAKE UP EARLY TO ANSWER E-MAILS Unless I have a really late night, I always try to wake up an hour before everyone in my house starts moving. I reply to e-mails I didn’t get to the day before, I eat breakfast and make a plan for the day ahead.
Lemon Water I start every day with a glass of water with a big squeeze of fresh lemon. I’ve made that one of my healthy habits that I stick to. It provides vitamin C and helps to balance PH levels between the alkaline and acidic properties in your body.