Staying fit: physically and mentally

In Australia we are not in total lockdown. We are fortunate that we can go outside to exercise with restrictions. Even if I was not able to go outside, I would find a way to exercise inside. Why? Because exercise is not only important for your physical health and supporting your immune system, but your mental health as well. Exercise releases serotonin and endorphins, which are great for your mood.

No matter what your fitness level there are exercises or routines to suit you. There are thousands of videos on You Tube for you to try. Of course, if you suffer any sort of health condition it is important to consult your physician, before you start any exercise program. If you are not accustomed to physical activity, start small – short periods with easy exercises – and gradually build up.

My exercise routine looks like this: I either walk for 30-50 minutes a day (length depends on if I sleep in, I may be motivated but sleep is my friend) or I do a cardio or HIIT work out in my lounge room. It has been a while since I’ve done something that intensive. After my first indoor session I was sore for two days. I made it through 15 minutes before I had to stop and have a quick break. I sweated, a lot, and found it difficult to breathe. But I felt good. I used muscles I didn’t normally use. I made it through to the end. I achieved.

If you live with others you can exercise together. It is a great bonding experience. And fun. You can have a dance off or compete against each other. Who can do the most squats? Push-ups? Longest plank? Longest squat hold? If you live alone, you can recruit friends and exercise together via video chat. Having a friend to exercise with may help you stay accountable.

In my book The Cat’s out of the Bag, the characters stay active by going on hikes in the Australian bush and Jesse, the main male character, likes to surf.

Tell us how you have been keeping active.

I know April Showers brings May flowers is the proper statement but this month me and several author friends are going to shower you with fun tips to make the best of this Corona Virus Pandemic, crafts and or recipes plus there is a big giveaway at the end so read on and enter!

Title The Cat’s out of the Bag

Series: Love Down Under

Author: Cynthia Terelst

Cover designer: Charmaine Ross

Publisher: Cynthia Terelst

Genre/heat Contemporary Romance /Medium

Pages 240

One van. Two hearts. Thousands of kilometres.

Jesse’s a self-made billionaire who yearns to get away from his empty life and the money-hungry parasites who inhabit it. The plan? Go to Australia, tell no one about his money and find himself. Instead of finding just himself, he finds Evie, who is everything anyone should aspire to be. Now, what he aspires to be, is hers. But to be hers, he needs to tell her everything.

Evie has left her past behind. She has rebuilt herself, and her life, into one of happiness. After she meets Jesse, while volunteering at a cat shelter, memories of her past filter back in. She is stronger now and wants to trust him. But after all she has been through, is trust even possible?

The quest to find a cat a forever home leads them to travel across the country together. Can the close quarters drive them to open up to each other? Or will it drive them apart?

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The wave petered out, and I paddled back to the line-up. Sitting, watching, waiting. The constant breeze in my ears and the sound of waves breaking relaxed me. Lulled by the gentle rise and fall of the swells, I thought about Evie.

She was one of the most complicated people I’d ever met. Whatever she had been through had made her strong and independent. But underneath, she was all doubt. I could see her trying to be brave, but that could change in an instant as her insecurities took over. I felt like it was a fight between Nick and me, and I didn’t even know the guy. I didn’t know how to beat a ghost. But I would. I would figure it out, and I would gain Evie’s trust, bit by bit.

Her. Me. That’s what I would strive for.

Meet Cynthia

Cynthia Terelst is a project officer by day and a writer by night. She is a contemporary romance writer who likes to share a little bit of history, some Australian scenery and a whole lotta love. Cynthia does not shy away from difficult topics, as she feels that they should not be ignored.

She lives in Queensland, Australia, where the sun shines at least 283 days a year.

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Coming soon Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Will one of the treasures they find be each other’s heart?

It’s been five years since Tara walked out of Shepherd’s life without a word. Since then he’s spiralled through drugs, alcohol and empty relationships, with Tara on his mind the whole time. Now he wants to win her back, and what better way to do it than by creating a fake scavenger hunt? He knows she won’t be able to resist.

Tara’s lost enough loved ones and she didn’t want to see Shepherd added to that count. So, when she saw him high at graduation, she did the only thing she could – she walked away. When she’s teamed up with him for a million dollar scavenger hunt, the feelings reignite. For a second chance at love to work, she needs to be brave enough to open up to him, to tell him everything she withheld the first time around.

Shepherd didn’t realise how much winning would mean to Tara. He now needs to come up with $25 million for her foundation before the hunt is over. If he can’t he will need to tell her its all fake, and he doesn’t know if he can risk that.

Will secrets destroy them a second time around?

Now time for the prizes! Cynthia is giving one ebook The Cat’s Out of the Bag to one lucky winner. There are two grand prizes and lots of individual ones so there will be several winners!

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