A super-fit mother and physical education teacher, 43, shared the five “golden rules” she follows to maintain optimal health. These include avoiding juices and salt, and doing 30-minute cardio exercise every day.
Belinda Norton, who lives on the Queensland Gold Coast, is often lauded for her toned physique, sculpted as a result of her impressive and consistent strength training.
The beach-loving blonde said she focuses on lengthening muscles as she ages rather than “massaging” because she believes this type of bodybuilder training “affects overall mobility”.
Belinda Norton is often praised for her toned physique sculpted as a result of her impressive and consistent strength training (pictured)
“Our health and well-being are determined by how our bodies work, not how big our muscles are, not how thick our glutes are, and certainly not our abs,” she said (pictured with her daughter).
“Our health and well-being are determined by how our bodies work, not how big our muscles are, not how thick our glutes are, and certainly not our abs,” she said.
‘It is determined by our mobility to achieve daily life and work activities. When we cannot function due to injury, we move our bodies incorrectly. ‘
What health guidelines does she follow?
1. Limit sugar and salt
High amounts of these additives can cause our joints to swell, leading to excessive stress and injury.
“When our main food source is preserved with either salt or sugar, we tend to have fluid retention and swelling, especially around our joints,” Belinda told FEMAIL.
“A high-quality lifestyle with nutritious whole foods is the key to longevity and suppleness of the skin.”
“When our main food source is preserved with either salt or sugar, we tend to have fluid retention and swelling, especially around our joints,” she told FEMAIL
2. Avoid juices
While some people like to start their day with a smoothie or a green vegetable drink, Belinda steers clear.
“We tend to find a quick fix, especially juice or iced tea. However, these are high in sugar and don’t offer the body the easiest requirement – clean water,” she said.
If you try your hand at the fruit juice section, make sure you add water to remove the “liquid pollutants” from your system.
While some people like to start their day with a smoothie or a green, vegetable-filled health drink, Belinda clearly avoids
3. Add yoga, pilates, or stretching to your routine
These movements ensure that your muscles and joints remain mobile and flexible.
Yoga or Pilates can be done just as easily at home as in a gym or studio, provided you have a mat and 20 minutes to stretch your body.
“It’s easily important, especially after the coronavirus, as many of us are not in our usual exercise routine,” Belinda said.
Try to move on the side. When you sit at a desk, you take frequent breaks. Go outside and climb the stairs or climb in the lounge if you normally climb stairs. Find a better exercise routine to ensure alignment. ‘
Belinda recommends including stretching in your daily routine whenever possible
4. Balance your workout with strength and cardio
What are Belinda’s pantry staples?
* Hemp seeds (for salads and protein balls)
* Sunflower seeds
* Pumpkin seeds
* LSA (flaxseed-soy-almond flour mixture)
* Rice bran syrup
* Peanut butter
* Cocoa powder
* Coconut oil
First, Belinda starts the day with 30 minutes of cardio.
“Start your morning cardio (walking, running, skipping, biking) just 30 minutes before breakfast,” Belinda wrote on her website.
She then returns home for a hearty breakfast like poached pears with green tea and sesame hemp seeds. Coconut yogurt and almond milk porridge or a fried egg with mushrooms and spinach.
Belinda indulges in a coffee or two a day, usually with almond or soy milk.
She believes cardio fasting helps build long, lean, and toned muscles.
High-intensity interval training, or HIIT, is also invaluable for getting in shape, and the PE teacher said she will usually do a high-intensity session three times a week sometime in the afternoon.
Typically, this includes activities like hill sprints, body crawling with pushups, and step-ups on a box or block.
Belinda likes to do her high-intensity workout around 4:30 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. when she finishes the working day before dinner.
Once a week, Belinda said she would do a heavy weight session – either with her own body weight or with heavy dumbbells.
This can include squats, lunges, tight lunges, and bicep curls.
She likes to mix up the sessions to target different areas of the body.
“I never do heavy weights even on difficult days,” Belinda wrote on Instagram.
“On difficult days, I sometimes just rest and eat perfectly.”
The devoted mother lost 20 pounds after gaining weight over the course of two pregnancies, which revised her diet and exercise routine
What is Belinda’s ideal day on a plate for detox?
* MORNING TEA: Mixed berries and a cup of almond milk.
* MAIN MEAL: Grill the chicken or tofu with raw broccoli and cauliflower with a dash of teriyaki spice and hemp seeds, cook for two minutes in the microwave.
* AFTERNOON TEA: Raw roasted almonds, mini cucumbers and a small carrot.
* HYDRATION: Either water or coconut water.
5. Love every part of your body
Belinda is a firm believer in loving the body that you have gifted.
‘Remember to avoid negative self-talk. Find one thing about yourself every day to compliment yourself on … it’s the key to mental wellbeing and confidence, “she said.
The devoted mother lost 20 pounds after gaining weight over the course of two pregnancies, which overhauled her diet and exercise routine.
Even during the weight loss process, Belinda praised herself for small achievements along the way.