I don’t believe in the media promoted ‘beach body’ stereotype which generally refers to an almost unattainable super lean, young and toned body as the flagship of what should be on display in Summer. For me, a beach body means a fit and healthy body whatever your shape, age or gender, and it’s not just for Summer either…..it’s for life.
So, whether you’re just starting out on your fitness adventure, or are a ‘seasoned campaigner’, here are 6 tips to help you on your health and fitness journey:
- Look and Feel Great – Invest in some kit that’s not only fit for purpose, but looks good too. The first 2 essential buys are (for us ladies), a well-fitting sports bra and, for everyone, a pair of good quality trainers – both will pay dividends.
- Have a Personal Best – This strategy is not just for elite athletes. It’s a great motivational tool, as well as a way of tracking your fitness. For example, time how long can you hold a plank, then try to increase it by a few seconds each session.
- Have a Goal – From something as simple as committing to exercise 3 times a week, or fitting into your favourite trousers, right through to working towards a personal best time in your marathon; having a goal provides motivation and purpose to your exercise routine.
- Whatever time you have available, do something and do it well – It’s not necessary to spend an hour on your workout every time, you can still have a very effective session in 20 minutes as long as you know what to do.
- Variety is the spice of life – Ensure that you vary your workouts regularly. The body will adapt within 4 weeks and, quite apart from anything else, boredom will set in if you don’t.
- No Excuses – Be tough on yourself; you know that you have to put in the effort to reap the rewards.
Pay no attention whatsoever to media generated stereotypes of perfection; Summer’s here, get outside, get some vitamin D and work hard on getting your most amazing, fit and healthy body ever.