Summer holidays are just around the corner! Our top tips will help you on your journey to get fit, whether you’re a beginner or just looking for some extra motivation and fitness ideas.
Stretching regularly can improve your flexibility, reduce muscle soreness, reduce your risk of injury and more. It can be done anywhere; at home, at your desk, at the gym or while you’re out and about. It is recommended that you stretch before a workout, to loosen up your muscles. Stretching after a workout can help your body recover faster thus reducing muscle soreness.
Start your day off right
Never skip breakfast – it’s the most important meal of the day! Think of it this way: you’ve just spent the last 8 hours asleep, that’s 8 hours without food! A good healthy breakfast will give you the energy you need first thing in the morning. A bowl of porridge with berries or a protein packed omelette will have you ready to take on the day! If you skip breakfast, you’re more likely to reach for the sugary snacks mid-morning.
Go out on your lunch break, get off the bus a stop early, and make the most of the brighter mornings and evenings! Getting up to 30 minutes of walking throughout the day can do wonders for your health – you will burn calories, helping you stay trim and lower your blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart diseases. It can also improve your mood, getting your creativity flowing!
Take your fitness levels up a notch and go for a run. You can’t beat the feeling post-run, especially when you’ve worked hard to get there. Your body releases endorphins when you run - a feel-good chemical. Running also burns a lot of calories:the faster your pace and the tougher the terrain, the more you burn. It is also great for your joints and strengthens your leg muscles. Looking to take up running? Try Couch to 5k – a running programme created to help anyone go from the couch to running 5k in just 9 weeks. You don’t need a gym or equipment to do it, just start pounding that pavement!
Keep the car at home – why not cycle to the shop or commute to work on your bike? Make the most of the good weather this summer; cycle to the coast or up the mountains at the weekends. It’s also great way to sight-see when you’re abroad. Pushing yourself to cycle further will improve your overall fitness and endurance levels. Not forgetting that you will save petrol money! Looking to take up cycling? See our tips to help get you started.
Swimming can be just as effective as running when it comes down to how many calories are burned. It’s great for improving muscle definition, strength and bone mass. Apparently swimming in salt water is good for your skin, helping it to retain moisture and detoxify to promote new cell growth. Why not try what The Happy Pear do, and go for a morning swim - it’s sure to wake you up and have you feeling fresh for the day ahead!
Join a class
Looking for some motivation to start working out? Try joining a class! Whether it’s by yourself or with a friend, having a set schedule to follow will help keep you motivated on your journey to fitness. Try classes like TRX, Spin, Yoga, Zumba and/or Boxercise. There’s a huge variety in classes available so youare sure to find one that you love!
Lifting weights is a great way to burn fat and tone your body, and no ladies, it will not make you bulky! In fact it will help build your curves and trim your waistline. If you’ve never lifted weights properly, it is recommended that you see a personal trainer first, who can create a tailored plan to suit your experience and goals.
You know what they say, abs are made in the kitchen! Working out can be the easiest part toward getting fit, it’s nailing the nutrition that’s the tricky part. If you’re doing a hundred sit-ups every day but not looking after your nutrition, you won’t see much of a change. Ensure you eat plenty of protein rich foods and lower your carb consumption. Making simple food swaps can have a huge positive impact on your weight and improve energy levels. Ditch the chocolate, sweets, biscuits and crisps in favour of fruit, nuts and yogurt.
Drink more water
Water is essential for keeping you hydrated; ensure you drink at least 2 litres of water a day. It can help keep you feeling fuller for longer – feeling peckish after having just eaten? You’re more than likely to be thirsty rather than hungry. Plenty of water consumption can also improve the colour and texture of your skin, leaving you looking healthy with glowing skin.