I’m ready for a strong, healthy and fit summer body!
Spring and summer are common seasons for people to become intent on getting their body into ‘tip top shape’. This might be so that they feel more comfortable in a swimsuit, or perhaps they just want more energy to participate in games such as beach cricket. It should be noted a fit, strong and lean summer body is achieved through year-round efforts. However if you’ve hibernated for much of the winter, all hope is not lost! If you’re ready to take the next positive step towards improving your health and fitness, then following these tips will help to get you on track.
Before we get started, I just want to check that you are feeling well? If you’ve got a winter cold still hanging around, head over to this blog post. It has some great tips to help you feel better before the summer season. This is a crucial first step towards a strong, fit and healthy summer body.
Eat and drink well
The simple focus here is plenty of water, fresh fruit and vegetables. Supplement these with meat, eggs, whole grains and legumes. Limit processed food as much as possible, which can contribute to a decrease in energy levels and impaired fat burning ability. Start by thinking about one healthy step you can take towards your ideal summer body by improving your nutrition. A piece of fruit to snack on in the morning? An extra glass of water each day? An extra vegetable added to your evening meals? Homemade instead of bought lunches?
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Click here to learn about five healthy eating tips specifically designed to help you with your fit summer body goals.
Move your body
Find a physical activity that you love to do and repeat it often enough so that you will get a result. Include some cardio (‘huffy puffy’) exercise as well as some resistance training (e.g. weights or body-weight exercises, or a resistance based exercise class in the gym). This will help ensure all the physical systems of the body are getting a great workout and that you’re progressing towards increased muscle tone, energy levels and heart and lung health.
If you want to do an exercise session from home, you’ll probably want to check out my complete guide to using exercise resistance bands. It even includes two full workouts for you and could be a great next step to work towards your summer body goals.
Prioritize sleep and relaxation
The body repairs and burns fat when it is in a relaxed state. Therefore it is crucial to prioritize an early bedtime, ideally by 10:30pm to stay in line with normal circadian rhythm. You should also plan some relaxation into your day, every day. One of the easiest ways to do this when you are busy is to stop a couple of times a day. Close your eyes and focus on ten long slow deep breaths. You will be amazed at what effective rest and relaxation will do for your energy levels. It will help you make faster progress toward your summer body goals. If you have trouble with sleep, check out these five factors that can affect it.
Spend time with like-minded people
Spend time with people who share your values of health and fitness. It is common to adopt similar habits and lifestyles to those whom we spend the most time with. So find friends, family members and colleagues who help inspire you. Spend more time with them and notice how your motivation to eat healthily and exercise regularly improves.
If you enjoyed this article, you might want to find out how to keep your exercise motivation high until summer arrives.
What will your next step be towards your summer body goals? I’d love to hear about it so feel free to leave a comment below!
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