Fitness

Tiffiny Hall’s tips to master ‘me-time’


Aussie fitness queen, Tiffiny Hall tells all on how to get balance in your life, working out as a family and how to set better and more achievable goals. 

You’re a mum to a young child (Arnold, 3), a wife (to comedian, radio and television presenter Ed Kavalee) and you have a full-time career.

When do you get me-time?

Balance

Tiffiny Hall says it’s not easy to master, but she has a couple of tricks.

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One: “Schedule it in your calendar and block out that time like you would a meeting or appointment, otherwise I guarantee it won’t happen.”

Two: “I colour-code my diary red and green. Red activities are stressful or work related, and green activities are relaxing or replenishing. At the beginning of a week, I take two minutes to make sure my diary is balanced – not too much red in one day and plenty of nourishing green time to go around.”

Good advice!

Exercise

With a lot of people still working – and working out – at home, Tiff recommends five simple at-home exercise moves.

Glute raises: “All the rage right now, and for good reason. These are great for strengthening the glutes, core and lower back.”

Jab, cross: “Nothing tones the arms and back faster than a good one-two. Boxing is fantastic for your fitness as well as your focus and concentration.”

Front kick: “This dynamic move is underrated in the fitness world. It not only tones and sculpts your legs and butt, but also works your core as you lift your leg.”

Crab walks with a mini band around your toes: “I love this as a warm-up exercise. I place the band around my toes instead of above my knees for more glute activation.”

Push-up: “Haters gonna hate, but there’s no denying this is such a great full-body exercise. The push-up activates the core, glutes, back, arms and chest. It’s also a great exercise to mark your improvements and PBs.”

Goals

For those of us who’ve already reneged on our New Year’s resolutions, how do we get back on track?

“A lot of people set resolutions of a pie-in-the-sky nature – I’m going to lose 20kg by July; I’m going vegan as of tomorrow. It’s OK to aim high, but you need to be realistic, too,” says Hall.

“Above all, you need to have a plan. The way I like to go about it is by setting mini goals. Think of them like ‘new month’s resolutions’ instead. Mini goals equal mini victories, which keep you on track and motivated along the way.”

Mental wellbeing

Mental health is as important as physical health, but how can we stay mentally healthy?

“In my experience, the two are linked. When I eat poorly or skip my workouts, I’m less focused, more stressed and unable to cope with life’s obstacles. Mindfulness is my other secret weapon. This comes in many forms, so if you’re thinking: ‘meditation, shmeditation’, that’s OK. Self-reflection, gratitude lists, repeating affirmations and journalling all work wonders,” she says.

Accept your body

Hall has also been very open about body changes during and after pregnancy. For her, it is so important to normalise postpartum bodies.

“They are, after all, one of the most natural things. It’s important to me to show women that “bouncing back” after giving birth isn’t their only option. (It) sends women on an endless chase to regain their pre-baby figure, which just isn’t realistic, or healthy, for most of us.”

Work out together

It must be strange that every time her husband takes his shirt off publicly, many Australians swoon. Yet it turns out Hall is responsible for the his workout results.

“I’ve been training Ed for over 15 years now,” she says.

“Admittedly, we’ve had a lot of bench-press and push-up related arguments over those years – there’s a fine line between your trainer or your wife yelling at you when they’re the same person – but hey, it’s worth it.”

Tiffiny Hall is the founder of TIFFXO.