Maintaining Your Health And Fitness During Summer!

So many people spend months getting ready for summer, but then their health and fitness regime goes out of the window as soon as summer arrives. They go to festivals, on holidays, and impromptu summer barbecues and suddenly, looking and feeling amazing is no longer important. I’ve been exactly the same in the past! Last summer I worked so hard to look incredible, but as soon as my holidays were over (well, while I was on holiday too), I hit the cocktails and cake HARD. This summer I really want to maintain my health and fitness, as well as continue to reach my goals. Ultimately, I want to get really lean so I’m at a good point to build more muscle. I’ll reverse diet slowly, upping calories and cutting cardio, so I can build the booty, quads, and perhaps my delts – all ready for next summer! I don’t want to be huge, but I do want to work on that hourglass figure more consistently than I have in the past. Here’s what you can do to maintain your health and fitness during summer. I’m going to do the same!

Start Exercising In The Morning

By exercising in the morning, you’ll have the rest of the day to do what you like. Whether that’s after work drinks with colleagues or going to your friend’s for lunch. I’m used to working out in the evening, but sometimes life gets in the way and I end up not going, especially during summer! This is why I’m going to try to master morning workouts from now on.

Create A Routine You Know You’ll Stick To

You need a routine you know you’ll stick to during summer. Winter doesn’t usually have as much going on as summer, so it’s easy to commit to 5 or 6 gym sessions a week. That might not be realistic for you during summer. Even if you can only commit to 3 or 4 sessions, create a routine and do your best to stick to it. Summer is brilliant time to try out new ways to exercise. Why not giving hiking, or even biking a go? Just make sure you’re safe – multi bike insurance might be worth looking at if you really get into it.

Give Yourself A Drink Limit

Summer is full of opportunities for last minute drinks. You want to be able to go to the beer garden and have a couple if the opportunity arises – life is all about balance! However, you don’t want to get sloshed. Give yourself a drink limit. Maybe have 2 or 3. This will take some self control, but it will make it possible to have a social drink without ruining your routine.

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Stick To One Kind Of Drink

Some drinks are better than others when it comes to staying healthy and fit. Gin and slimline tonic or vodka and slimline tonic are both low calorie, brilliant drinks. You can also have some wine, but that’s better if you only plan on having one. Too much wine can be very calorific!

Allow Yourself One Or Two Cheats Per Week

You still want to allow yourself one or two cheats per week. This will give you something to look forward to when you’re killing your legs in the gym after holiday, or when you’re tucking into a big salad. Salads are yummy, but they don’t always hit the spot! The key with your cheats is to plan them in advance so you know you have them to look forward to. Have whatever you like, but never eat until you feel sick – stop when you’re just satisfied. If you’re having a night out, you definitely need to count that as a cheat. Stay hydrated and avoid binging on junk the next day.

Have Goals To Work Towards

Having goals to work towards even after your holidays will keep you going and stop you from yo-yoing. You don’t want to have to start again at the start of every summer! Like I said earlier, mine will be continuing to get as lean as is healthy for me, then reverse dieting to build muscle where I want it.

Don’t let your health and fitness slip. You can have a fun, balanced lifestyle during summer!

Fat Loss Tips For People Who ‘Don’t Have Time’

I can’t count the amount of times I’ve heard people say that they ‘don’t have time’ to work out, be healthy, and get the body they keep complaining that they don’t have. One of my pet hates is hearing somebody complain about their health and fitness, yet refuse to do anything about it. Most of the time, it’s just an excuse. Reasons that people use to convince themselves that it’s OK they don’t do what they should be doing. It’s actually very rare that you won’t have time for your health or fitness. Some of the busiest people in the world still make time for their health. Most of the time, it just isn’t a priority for you. I’m not trying to upset anybody, I’m just telling it how it is! It all depends on how bad you want it. I do understand that you may not have much time (much being the operative word, you still have some), though. In that case, here are some fat loss tips you can utilise to get results:

Prep All Of Your Food For The Week At Once

Food prep is a great way to stay on track with your eating habits the whole week. You can make food and freeze it or just stick it in the fridge if it’ll keep. I don’t actually do this as I work from home anyway, but I should probably still do it as sometimes it’s all too easy to grab a bag of crisps from the cupboard. You might not like the idea of eating food you prepared days before, but you need to get over it. Food you make yourself is much better than anything you’ll buy from the shop, and cheaper. Even store bought salads can be deceiving! Http://www.topratedweightlossshakes.com/weight-loss-shakes-delicious/ has some advice on shakes that could be helpful too.

Do Your Weekly Shop Online

Instead of going to the supermarket where you’re free to browse the junk aisles and be tempted by all of the cheap chocolate and biscuits, do your weekly shop online. You can even save your shopping list and order everything with the click of a button, making it much quicker and easier. It costs a little extra to be delivered, but it’s worth it when you think of the time you’re saving, not to mention your waistline!

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Incorporate HIIT Workouts

HIIT workouts are amazing for a number of reasons. You can do them on cardio equipment, in the great outdoors, or with weights. They are simply short but intense workouts designed to keep burning fat a long time after you’ve finished. All you need to do is commit to giving it your all for around 15-20 minutes. Who doesn’t have that time to spare?! You could do this instead of scrolling on Facebook. Try sprinting for 30 seconds and then jogging for a minute and repeating.

Stand Up At Your Desk

Sitting down all day can be really bad for our health, which is why you should try standing at your desk. You can get stand up desks, or even make your own with boxes and things to give your monitor some height. You will need to alternate between sitting and standing, but you’ll burn more calories and have more energy!

Be consistent and you can’t fail to get results!