With Summer finally here it is time to, start showing a bit more flesh and whilst it may be over optimistic to get into shape this week for the heatwave you can look to kickstart your fitness workouts to shape up in time for your summer holiday.
If you are looking to get in shape for your summer holidays you may have anything from 4-6 weeks before you go so you will have to work fast and smart!
So, first of all decide which form of exercise you enjoy doing; if you force yourself to do something you won’t stick at it so doing something you enjoy is crucial. This could be running, swimming, Zumba /aerobics class or going to the gym. The main thing is to aim for something you can do at least 3 times per week or you won’t see any real results before you get on the plane.
Another key factor is variety of exercise, rather than doing the same thing all the time, this keeps your body guessing and is far more challenging, and therefore, rewarding.
So an example of your workout week could be:
1 x Aerobic class or run
1-2 gym visits/home workouts
As well as these structured plans you should aim to be as active as possible during your day-to-day routine ie walking instead of catching the bus, getting of the tube one stop earlier than you need to, walking up the stairs instead of using the escalator etc
Whatever form of exercise you take you absolutely must mix it up, so try to implement these ideas:
If aerobics classes are your thing, try a different one for the next 4 weeks.
If you like to go for a run, change your route or at least run the same route but the other way round to normal
Again, if you run, change your run to include hills/inclines; running up hills will be hard work but so much more beneficial to your fitness and body shape even if it is a small hill/incline
If you work out in the gym; change your gym programme right now! In general terms you should concentrate on using big muscle groups ie Back, Chest and Legs as these large muscles will tone you more quickly and burn more calories. Also, change your cardio to interval training moving away from long stints on the treadmill/rower/x-trainer
So, these are all general ideas to be thinking about implementing straight away. Over the next 2-3 weeks we will look, in more detail, at using weights, interval training and nutrition in order to change your body shape for Summer.
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