Get Fit Programme: Daily Treatments

To achieve ultimate success on the Get Fit programme – a healthier, fitter body – it is important that you include each of the following treatments in your 28-day plan.

Daily treatments

• Start the morning with a drink of hot water with a dash of lemon juice

• Take a daily energy shower

• Spend 30 minutes exercising

• Take a brisk 30-minute walk

• Spend 20 minutes in hibernation

Extra treatments

• Every week give yourself a salt scrub

• Every three days have a salt bath

Hot lemon water:

begin the day with a hot cup of water and a squeeze of lemon/lime juice. This will freshen your mouth and is good for helping to cleanse the system.

Energy shower:

there’s nothing like an early morning energy shower to kick-start the body into action, so the first thing each morning jump into the shower and, if brave enough, when you are ready to come out, turn the cold tap full on for several minutes.

Exercise to energize

Keep these three words firmly focused in your mind’s eye. Write them in large print on a piece of paper and pin it up in the kitchen or bathroom so whenever you feel sluggish you can remind yourself.

If you haven’t exercised since the day you left school, apart from walking to the shops, then you are bound to feel a little apprehensive. But all the experts advocate that a daily dose of activity helps our emotional and physical wellbeing and actually increases energy levels by releasing endorphins which are the body’s natural high hormones and make you feel great. When you first begin exercising, take it easy – don’t overdo it and gradually build up. By the end of the programme exercising will form part of your daily routine.

Walk

Make a determined effort each day to go for a walk, even if it is just to the shops. Try to walk for at least 20-30 minutes because walking:

• Helps stabilize blood sugar levels and therefore helps to avoid mood swings

• Can alleviate stress, tension and depression due to those ‘feel-good’ hormones it triggers

• Is an ally against the development of osteoporosis because it is a weight-bearing exercise

• Combined with healthily eating there is no better way to help fight the flab

• Strengthens the heart

• Speeds up mental alertness

• And can even help and cure back pain by building up the muscles that stabilize the spine

Hibernation

It is amazing how a daily 20-minute mini-break can restore depleting energy resources and recharge flagging batteries. Just take yourself off somewhere, perhaps to a quiet room or out in the garden, where you can feel totally relaxed and allow yourself to ‘switch off’ for 20 minutes. Think about no one and nothing but peace and tranquillity.

Body scrubs

In order to improve the skin’s texture and tone it up, body scrubs are well worth including in the programme and should ideally be undertaken either before or during a shower, as they can be rather messy.

They involve massaging the skin with a gritty substance to remove dead skin cells and engrained grime and improve the overall appearance of the skin. They can either be used on their own or with a rough flannel or loofah to increase their effectiveness.

Body scrub recipe:

For an inexpensive scrub mix a handful of sea salt with a dollop of olive oil, leave for a few minutes to give the salt time to dissolve slightly, then rub it all over the body and rinse off.

Salt bath

Bathing in a solution of Epsom salts is good for the skin as it draws out toxins through the pores. Run the bath water and add 225-450g (1/2-1lb) of Epsom salts. Soak for about 20 minutes, and when you get out, keep yourself warm by piling on lots of clothes. This will help the body to continue sweating out the toxins. Don’t be surprised if you are feel thirsty afterwards – it is the effect of sweating which causes this. Just make sure you drink lots of water.

Salt baths are not advisable if you have:

• Heart or kidney problems

• High blood pressure