Last minute summer body guide
Updated: May 23, 2018
So, the sun is finally out and you are getting the summer wardrobe ready, but have you got your summer body ready? If not, don’t worry, it’s not too late! Read on for a guide on how to get your summer body on the go.
They say that your summer body is made in the winter and it’s true that beginning early puts you on a good footing but it is not essential. There are a few small changes you can make to your current lifestyle to make your way to the summer body you want and your hard work deserves.
Step 1 – Sort your nutrition
No matter what you want your end result to be, it is imperative you get your nutrition on point.
The vast majority of us want to lose weight for the summer, this is only done in one way. Calorie deficit. This means that you burn more calories over a week than you consume, if you don’t do this you won’t lose fat. Simple right? There are many apps you can download to track your calories. Drop me a message if you would like more help on how to count your calories. Completed this step? Let’s move on......
Step 2 – Mix up your training
Exercise plays a massive part in your summer body prep. Exercise burns calories which helps towards your calorie deficit but it doesn’t stop there. The right kind of exercise will help your muscles become stronger and leaner so when you do strip your body fat away you look toned and strong which will leave you feeling super confident. If you are introducing exercise to your lifestyle why not try some HIIT for short high intensity sessions so you do not have to take too much time out of your day. Fat loss is not all about long runs (super boring for most people) read this blog for more information on how to get the most out of your exercise sessions.
If you already exercise, make sure you mix up what you are doing. Once your body is not challenged it stops changing. Change up your exercise selection and intensity to ensure you keep challenging your body.
Step 3 – Sleep for success
Sleep is your bodies time for rest and recovery. Aim for between 7-8 hours per night. Set yourself a regular bedtime and wake time each day wherever possible, we are creatures of habit so routine is key. Avoid screens and stress at night time to improve the chances of having good quality sleep. Without enough sleep your body cannot function properly and certainly cannot perform to its maximum capacity.
Step 4 – Be active on your rest days
Rest is really important, it allows your body to recover, rebuild and come back stronger for the next workout. However, rest does not mean sit around doing nothing. Make small changes to your normal day to make big changes to your body. Do you need to take your car or can you walk? Do you have to park right outside the shop or can you park slightly further away? Is the whole evening sat down the way forward or should you pop out for a walk?
Step 5 – Track your progress
All of these changes to your lifestyle are for a reason, you want to feel happier with yourself and how you look. Tracking this process will leave you feeling great when you begin to notice changes. STAY OFF THE SCALES!!!!! Your body weight natural fluctuates based on time of day, month, hydration levels and types of food eaten. Your weight is not the way to track your progress. Instead, take weekly photographs of yourself in a full length mirror at the same time on the same day each week. This is a sure fire way to see how you are progressing. Flicking through your photos and watching your change is hugely satisfying believe me!
To find out how I can help you prepare for summer or meet any other goals you may have, visit my website www.drive-pt.co.uk or drop me a message on my Facebook page.
All the best,