Let’s face it, for once we can’t complain about the weather this summer. And with all the sunshine, long evenings and bright mornings to enjoy, what better time of year to kick-start your exercise regime? If you want to trim down and tone up, keep reading. Here’s your essential guide to getting fit this sunny season.
Schedule in your workout sessions
We’ve all been there. You have a plan to go to the gym or you’re looking forward to trying out a new walking or cycling route and then something else crops up and before you know it, it’s the end of the week and your exercise gear is still sitting there untouched. To stop life from getting in the way of your fitness goals, it’s important to schedule your workout sessions in on a regular basis. Treat them like important appointments too, rather than loose plans that you can easily change.
Create a home gym for total convenience
Travelling to and from the gym takes time, and if time’s something you don’t have very much of, this can be a barrier to getting in shape. Luckily though, there’s a simple alternative. If you can’t go to the gym, why not bring the gym to you? A home workout setup might sound a little OTT, not to mention expensive, but in fact there are a whole host of affordable exercise accessories and pieces of kit available that are perfect for helping you to burn calories and tone muscles. Online retailers such as HiHouse offer everything from resistance bands, yoga mats and medicine balls to kettle bells and lifting bags.
With the gear right there in your home, you can fit in a quick workout at any time, whether it’s in the morning before work or in the evening.
Find activities you can fall in love with
Getting and staying in shape isn’t something that happens overnight, so you need to find activities that you actually enjoy doing. This is essential if you’re to stay motivated for the long term. There’s no shortage of things to try. From running, to yoga, to tennis, to swimming, to circuits, you have lots of activities to choose from. If you’ve not yet found something you love, be prepared to think outside the box. Whether it’s rock climbing or Ultimate Frisbee, there’s bound to be something that puts a smile on your face. It’s simply a case of finding it.
Bag yourself an exercise buddy
An exercise buddy can be your secret weapon when it comes to getting in shape. Working out with someone else can give you that all important boost to get off the couch and get moving – even on days when you really don’t feel like it. This person could be a friend, colleague, family member or someone else. The key is that they want to get fit and they’re interested in the same sorts of exercises as you.
Steer clear of dull diet food
Food is where lots of people come unstuck when they’re trying to get in shape. One of the big mistakes people make is to try to give up all the foods they love and stick to bland, low-fat substitutes. While this might be possible for a few weeks or even months, the chances are you’ll eventually crack and fall off the diet food wagon. It’s much better to take a realistic approach to mealtimes, allowing yourself some of your favourite foods but making sure you don’t overindulge.
Also, bear in mind that healthy doesn’t have to mean boring. For example, this is the perfect time of year to try out colourful, flavourful salads packed with delicious vegetables and fruits. It might be worth investing in a couple of new cookbooks that get you inspired to try out some healthy and scrumptious recipes.
We all wish we could wave a magic wand when it comes to getting fit, but in the absence of miracles, these tips should at least make sticking to your exercise routine that bit easier.