With summer well under way, and the hot weather fast approaching, we've got five top tips on how to get in shape for the warm season.
Everyone Active fitness manager at Harrow Leisure Centre, Louise Williams has outlined her five top tips for staying in shape for the summer:
Track your activity
"Monitoring your physical activity level is key to supporting you to achieve your health and fitness goals.
"By tracking your day-to-day activity you can keep an eye on how effectively you are working and this in turn with help you to remain committed.
"Make sure you are realistic with the goals that you set and aim to build up towards the recommended guidelines of 30 minutes moderate activity, five times per week."
"Find the fun in your workouts by being active as a family!
"Whether it’s a treasure hunt, dance-off, a lovely walk, a game of tag, playing catch, going for a swim, hula-hooping, building a den, a game of badminton or fun for all in a soft play area, there are a broad range of options to help you enjoy being active together!"
"A healthy, balanced diet helps you to maintain good health and feel your best. A good starting point is to aim to eat at least five portions of fruit and veg per day.
"Fruit and veg are great sources of essential vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy, and both contain plenty of fibre which helps improve your satiety, keeping you fuller for longer.
"Eating your five-a-day can reduce your risk of several cancers, heart disease and stroke among other health conditions."
Active, every day
"A lot of people struggle to find the time to be active so take a look at your week and see where you can introduce small portions of activity.
"Whether it’s a walk to work, getting off the bus a stop early, a lunch time or after work class, walking the dog, a spot of gardening, taking the stairs or going for a short bike ride, there are a broad variety of ways to be active throughout your week."
"Eating healthily is about getting the right balance for all the different nutrient groups. It doesn’t need to be about calorie counting; portion sizes can be gauged using your hands!
"A palmful of protein, fistful of veg and cupped hands worth of carbs will help guide you to the correct portion sizes for each meal. For males look to have two hands worth of each measure, and for females go for one."