7. Exercise for fun

If you don’t make exercise fun, you will get sick of it. Make it social, be imaginative and put some variety into your weekly routine. Try out all the group classes and see which ones you like. Or find a dance school for some high-intensity cardio.

Yoga and Pilates are great for core strength and flexibility, but if you want to spice it up a little, try Bikram Yoga. Trade the weights machines for free weights and dumbbells or a Pump class instead. While it can be motivating to have the space of the gym to work out in, don’t restrict yourself! Join a team – be it basketball, netball, touch footy or volleyball. Each game goes for about 45 minutes, so that’s 45 minutes of cardio and muscle endurance. If personal pursuits are more your style, try swimming, rock climbing, surfing, rowing or bike riding. Leisure sports work more muscles than you might think!