Firmly believing that “the gym isn’t for everyone”, Jess has crafted a practical workout (see below), perfect for the park or your backyard.
“Choose something you enjoy doing – it could be walking, dancing, rowing, yoga or anything where you move your body. Remember, exercise produces happy hormones, so you’ll be happy once you’ve finished,” she says.
If Jess’ beaming smile and positive attitude is anything to go by, she’s certainly on to something when she says meditation is also a huge part of keeping mentally fit.
“I’m big on taking time out every day to meditate or just breathe. It might only be five minutes, but that’s enough to help reduce stress and improve your mood,” she explains.
As a mother to daughter Emily and son Oliver (who she shares with husband, David Adler) Jess explains that she’s never one to push her kids into doing something they don’t like.
“I think it’s important to find physical activities that your kids enjoy. Not all children are sporty and I think forcing them to do an activity they hate will backfire eventually,” she says.
“I also believe in leading by example – so get out there and get active with your kids!”
SIMPLE SUMMER WORKOUT
1. Skater jumps x 10
Starting on your left leg bound to your right by pushing off with your left leg. Repeat the movement, this time pushing off with your right leg and landing on your left leg. Repeat.
2. Pop squat twist x 10
Lower into a squat. As you jump up from the squat, rotate your lower body to 90 degrees to one side then back to the centre. Drop into a squat and repeat on the other side.
3. Mountain climbers x 10
Start in a high plank position with shoulders over wrists. Pull your right knee up towards your chest and then return to plank position, repeat on the other side and continue alternating legs.
4. Walk out to Commandos x 5
Start standing, lower hands to the ground and walk out to a plank position. Lower to your elbows and then push back up. Walk your hands back to your feet (bent or straight legs) and stand up. Repeat.
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