Sunday, 23 July 2017


The words sun, sea and sand only mean one thing... Summer has arrived! With it comes holidays, BBQ's, spending most of our free time in beer gardens, oh and not to mention ice cream covered in ALL the toppings!!

The last thing you want to do is ruin all the hard work you've put in getting summer ready, so to help you stay on top of your fitness regime, I'm sharing my top tips on how to keep in shape during the summer months.  

I'm sure you'll agree with me that when the sun's shining the last place you want to be stuck, is in a hot, sweaty gym.  So instead of ditching your workout completely, put your shorts on, grab your trainers and take it outdoors! Why not check out a boot camp in the local park, go a run/cycle or create a HIIT session in your garden.  Whatever you choose, you can keep active & soak up some Vitamin D at the same time!  A bonus if you ask me.

Yes we all want to strut around the pool, looking amazing in a bikini, whilst not having a care in the world, but going on the "no carbs before Marbs" diet is not the answer!  In fact, if you're training hard your body will need carbs as fuel and they'll also help you recover from your workouts.  Don't over complicate things; eating well & exercising regularly is what really works.
If you're at a BBQ over the summer then allow yourself a burger with some salad, just don't go and eat a whole tub of Ben & Jerry's ice cream afterward  As long as you're burning more calories than you consume you won't gain weight.  Remember balance is key.

Washboard abs is something we all dream of... well at least I do anyway!  I'm sorry if I'm about to burst your bubble, but it's unrealistic that you'll achieve these in two weeks.  Some goals depending on what they are can take months, if not years to achieve and require a lot of hard work & dedication. There's nothing wrong with having a long term goal, but having smaller goals that will help lead to your long term goal is also a good idea.  These will be more achievable in a shorter time frame, you'll see progress and your motivation levels will remain high.

Having a training partner can be a great motivator and will encourage you to keep fit.  Not only are you less likely to cancel, because who wants to be known as the friend that bails?  But it will also make your workouts more fun and you'll work harder if someone's pushing you.  Just make sure you don't spend the whole time gossiping about the hot guy in the gym you fancy or checking Instagram/Facebook every 5 minutes.

I believe you can achieve anything you put your mind to and unfortunately when it comes to fitness and getting in shape, there is no magic pill.  If you're prepared to put the hard work in then you'll reap the rewards, so even when you don't feel like training, drag yourself off the couch and go workout! You'll feel 10 times better after when the endorphins kick in and it will be worth it in the long run! Trust me!

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