So Summer is here! And that means days on the beach and next to the pool parading around your beautiful beach body… expect you forgot that “Summer bodies are made in the winter” and in the heart of the chilly season you didn’t take your resident Instagram fitness fanatic seriously and scrolled right on by from the comfort of your couch!! And now you’re definitely starting to regret your decision to stay put – well, after reaching for another chocolate brownie!
Outside the weather’s getting warmer and the skirts are getting shorter, but your body hasn’t seen the inside of a gym since 2016….. with bikini weather just around the corner, it’s time to get active, FAST!
What you do (or don’t do) over the next month will determine whether you can dare to bare when the sun comes out to play on your summer vacay.
Fortunately, it’s not yet too late to get a better summer body than the one you currently have!
So, how do you give your training that extra edge to maximise the time you have at your disposal? Ivana Buchanan, group training specialist of Zone Fitness, shared some get-fit-fast tips to make the most of your workout on a tight schedule.
Top 5 tips for getting fit fast
Switch it up
“Alternate between working out at high- and low-intensity to get into shape fast. Kickstart your journey to summer goddess status by incorporating interval training.“
DON’T: Plod along on the treadmill at a steady pace – nobody burns fat fast that way!
DO: Optimise your treadmill time by following a one-minute sprint with three minutes of slow jogging.
There’s an app for that
“Use technology to your advantage and download a fitness app to stay on track. Whether you’re looking for workout playlist recommendations or a means of documenting your progress, there are countless apps to help you stick with the programme.”
DON’T: Get caught up in obsessively counting calories or recording reps – both take all the joy out of staying active. Steer clear of burnout by keeping things light-hearted.
DO: Use apps as a creative way to keep going faster and stronger for longer. Spring should be your smartphone staple: Select one of its curated playlists of songs with a similar BPM and run to the beat of the music. Your workout will be over before you know it!!
Get your friends involved
“Getting your friends involved in your fitness regime gives you the motivation to never miss a workout. Make attaining a summer-ready body one of your #SquadGoals and you’ll get your body up to scratch in no time at all.”
DON’T: End every gym session with brunch with the girls, as fun as that may be, it will erase your gains as fast as you can say “Extra fries with that, please.”
DO: Join a fun group workout like Zumba to make exercise feel like less of a chore and keep you coming back for more every week.
Do you even lift?
“Incorporate a strength training programme into your routine. Weight-lifting isn’t just for ardent fitness fanatics. In fact, a little strength training boosts your metabolism and works wonders for weight management.”
DON’T: Start your strength training without a proper warm-up , that’s a one-way ticket to spending your weekend smothered in Deep Heat.
DO: Sign up to a fitness programme like CrossFit for a structured strength training routine. This way, you’ll ensure that you shape up safely without overdoing it.
Tone your trouble zones
“Schedule one sculpting session per week to focus on your problem areas. For most of us, our unwanted weight is concentrated around the butt and belly so opt for exercises that make these regions work.”
DON’T: Do endless crunches or squats, neither will it get rid of that ab flab or thigh jiggle as effectively as switching things up.
DO: Variety is the key to a sleek physique. Pilates classes help you mix it up by schooling you in a series of tush- and tummy-toning moves.
So, are you feeling motivated to get moving?? It’s not too late! Just say YES to moving more and NO to eating more – it’s that simple (I think!)