As much as we’d like to be able to eat all the chocolate/ meat/ cabbage soup we can in a day (ok not so much the cabbage soup but definitely the others) and still loose weight, we know these fad diets aren’t going to help us in the

Don't forget a good sports bra!

Don't forget a good sports bra!

long run. Diet crazes all promise quick weight loss, but what they don’t promise are long term results and such extreme dieting techniques have led to criticism from the medical world. However much we want a quick fix for that party/wedding/holiday we’ve got planned, we know that it’s not going to give us long term results. The only guaranteed way to loose weight and keep it off is to eat well (with the odd treat allowed) and exercise on a regular basis, simple in theory but much more difficult in practice.  Here are some ideas of how you can squeeze some exercise into your day, so that you can squeeze back into those jeans you used to wear;

  • Walk more: walking is a great form of exercise it involves less impact on your joints than running and doesn’t involve an array of expensive equipment. Try walking places instead of taking the car or parking at the furthest end of the supermarket car park when you do your weekly shop.
  • Take the stairs: climbing stairs is great way of toning up your legs and bum, choose stairs over escalators or lifts to increase your heart rate!
  • Choose a form of exercise you actually enjoy, signing up to a gym if you hate going to the gym is a waste of money and time. Instead try out some of the classes on offer at your local leisure centre, anything from aqua aerobics to boxercise, you’ll never know unless you try. And why not take a friend along with you, that way you can encourage each other and have a giggle at the same time!