Christmas is might be over but the shorter, dark days are here to stay (at least for a couple more months). Finding the motivation to get up for work is hard enough, let alone motivating yourself to get out for a workout. To help us stay in shape, we’ve chatted with fitness Lisa Fiit to find out the insiders tips on how to get fit and toned up this winter.

A top fitness guru, model and trainer, Lisa Lanceford, AKA Lisa Fiit, has built her whopping 2.5 million Instagram following by sharing her inspirational fitness story. In 2015 she caught the fitness bug and rose to fame by sharing amazing work-outs, fitness tips and tricks on her app, Strong and Sxy, helping to inspire people to be the best versions of themselves.

We chatted with Lisa to learn more about her fitness journey. Here’s what she had to say…

What drove you to become a fitness trainer?

It all comes from a place of wanting to help people. It started when I gave weight training a go with friends at our local gym, I was more into it than them, it felt good, I was the one who was always researching, learning, pushing myself to grow and that quickly spread across the gym. People wanted my help and support from what I had learned and experienced and I enjoyed that even more! From there, I knew I wanted to be able to help more people. It was something I was really passionate about from the start.

What was the plan/vision for the Strong and Sxy app?

The plan is to help as many women as possible live a healthy and active lifestyle for their future self in a sustainable way, whilst still being able to enjoy life.

How do you make sure each person’s training plan is tailored to help improve their own personal fitness and health when they use your app Strong and Sxy?

When signing up to the app, you are able to provide information that creates a bespoke workout and meal plan suited to you and your goals. I’m really proud that Strong and Sxy is the first app that intelligently creates a personalised workout and meal plan calibrated to your goals with unlimited customisation. It lets your training adapt to you.

Try and get into a routine with your workout time so it becomes a part of the day without having to *fit* it in

Our workouts are completely customisable from the number of days you’d like to train to the goal that you have in mind – whether it’s building muscle, shredding body fat or maintaining your current physique!

Special detail has been aimed towards the meals in our app ensuring that they are not only nutritionally complete but also super tasty and varied. The app boasts meal plans suitable for Standard, Pescatarian, Vegetarian and Vegan Lifestyles.

Sticking to a fitness programme can be quite challenging. What are your top five tips for people struggling to stay motivated?

  • Set realistic short term goals
  • Find a friend to do it with! This helps you to keep accountable too
  • Try and get into a routine with your workout time so it becomes a part of the day without having to *fit* it in
  • Keep the workouts fun and interesting
  • Make sure to have the balance

What exercises are best to burn fat at home?

HIIT workouts are great for burning fat at home as you don’t need any equipment. I would recommend a good 45-60 minute workout, one to two times a week to get the best results. Some of my favourite HIIT workouts include: 

  • Push-ups
  • Sit-ups
  • Lunges
  • Crunches
  • Jumping jacks
  • High knees
  • Squats

What are your tips for people trying to lose weight?

Set short term goals and start being consciously more active in your day to day life. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk/cycle to work instead of drive etc

Do you have any rules you stick to when it comes to your diet?

I make sure I eat out twice a week – midweek and at the weekend so I have the balance and I find it easier to stay on track the rest of the week. 

What advice do you have for those struggling to control sugar cravings?

Find a sweet low calorie/sugar-free food! One example is sugar-free jelly! 

Do you have advice for those struggling with ‘gym fear’?

Be kind to yourself, please! Ease yourself back in and let your body get used to the movement again. You have to remember you weren’t where you were before lockdown and it’ll take some time to build back up to that.

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