Summer is here! It’s time to get fit so you can enjoy all of the summer activities, as well as feeling fantastic. It’s important to remember that getting fit is not just about the way you look in that swimsuit or sundress. It’s about being healthy and staying active at any age. To help you set healthy goals, and achieve them, we have gathered a couple of tips to start you on the right track!
- Exercise and diet-are two words we have all come to dread, but should not be the case. Diet makes us feel as if we must starve and deprive ourselves which couldn’t be further from the truth! More than often when eating healthy -people eat more regularly- just not as big of a portion! When it comes to exercising it seems daunting to get into it and might seem impossible to fit it into our already hectic lives. It might seem challenging at the start but once it’s started it becomes routine and the benefits far outweigh any excuse we usually make. Not only do we lose weight, we also start to feel more comfortable- not just in your clothes but in your skin! We seem to get to the top of the stairs that bit easier every week, we sleep better at night, we are more alert, less stressed and have more energy to enjoy everyday life and our skin, hair and nails look brighter and healthy. Try it out for yourself and see what differences you notice!
- Train with Friends– two heads are always better than one. In this case anyone will do- a friend, partner or relative- make a plan and you will find it easier to stick to as you don’t want to let them down by not turning up. Also will encourage you to work that bit harder as you don’t want to fall behind or slow them down! Also makes you accountable you’re less likely to order take away when you know you would not only be cheating on your food plan but also on your training partner!
- Set yourself a goal– It’s always a good idea to give you something to aim for, but more often than not we focus too much on the scales. Weight lost has too many variables eg food, exercise, sleep, stress and even hydration. It can be hard to get it all just right. So to avoid the disappointment and frustration try setting a goal that takes you a step in the right direction, like making sure you get to the gym 4 times a week and/or drinking at least 2 litres of water a day. Alternatively make it a exercise target e.g. ‘once i can run that 5k without taking a break I’ll get those shoes i was looking at’. Before you know it all your good habits will have added up to something that can be reflected in the scales.
- Lifting weights-There are literally hundreds of studies published each year expounding on the payoffs of resistance training, like improving muscle tone, bone
density, athletic performance, and strength are obvious. But there are a few surprises: Resistance training helps women fight the aging process by maintaining lean muscle tissue. Women who regularly lift weights have better self-esteem and get sick less often. Others have found weight training improves the way the body processes sugar, reducing the risk of diabetes. For women who want tolose weight or prevent weight gain (and most of us fall into one camp or the other), strength training is key: In our mid-30s, we begin to lose 5 to 10 percent of muscle strength each decade. Since muscle burns an estimated three times more calories than fat, adding two to four pounds of muscle can translate into an extra 100 calories burned each day.
- Don’t let yourself get bored!– so now you’ve started using the gym the next challenge is not to allow yourself get bored of your workout. So if you never found it interesting in the beginning then we haven’t found the right workout for you. There is so much choice there is actually so
- mething for everybody if you hate running on a treadmill then maybe join a running club or try something else! Between spinning/ cycling, swimming, classes such as Pump or Aqua, Pilates or even dance there is truly something to suit everyone! Unsure? Book in with one of our fitness instructors to ask them about the different kinds of exercise and get some ideas for when you are in the gym!
- Health is not a 30-day thing, a 60-, or a 90-day thing. Healthy is not about being “fit” for summer; it’s about living mindfully, it’s a lifestyle!
Don’t waste your days in a diet and workout obsession trying to get to an image of “beach body” perfection that doesn’t exist. Love yourself, accept yourself, take care of yourself, and enjoy the season fully in health and happiness!
Have a great Fit and Healthy Summer from all at Source Health and Fitness!!
If you need any assistance with your Fitness Routine we are here to help, we can design a personalised Gym/Pool Program and advise you on which Classes would suit you. Contact Jackie Kelly or any of the team on 021 4505128 to help get you started…