Summer is just around the corner. Everyone is telling me that the cold weather has left them feeling in a real rut. They have no energy and their clothes are feeling tight. They just feel blah and they want to start getting fitter but it's all just too hard.
Does this sound like you? If it does then I have 5 simple steps to help you get ready for Summer.
Make a Goal
What is it that you want to achieve? Is it to tone up, get fit or do you have a special outfit that you want to wear this Summer? When do you want to achieve your goal by? Remember thinking too big, sets you up for failure so make sure that your goal is realistic and achievable.
Write this goal down and put it in a place where you can see it. Even find a picture of what your goal will look like and create a vision board.
Tell your family and friends
This is an important step as you want them to know so that they can support you throughout the process. For instance getting some help with looking after the kids while you exercise or understanding when you say no to that second glass of wine.
Have a clean up
Clean out the fridge and pantry. Stock up on lots of fresh vegetables and fruit. Make sure that you also have lots of nutritious foods such as lean meats, tins of tuna or salmon, eggs, legumes and wholegrains. Plus healthy snacks such as yoghurt and nuts.
A great idea is to also have a general tidy up around the house as a clean and tidy house helps you feel better and makes life easier in general.
Exercise is an important for improving how you feel and improves your energy levels. It helps you sleep better and in general improves how you feel about yourself. Then of course there is the benefits of becoming more toned as you build more lean muscle and feeing fitter as your heart and lungs get stronger with exercise.
Plan when you are going to exercise and stick to this plan. Aim for at least 30 minutes of activity most days of the week. Be more active in general, walk the kids to school, park further from the supermarket, take the stairs not the lift. Instead of meeting a friend for a coffee, go for a walk together. All these things will help you to move more.
Make sure that you find a type of exercise that you enjoy as this way you will be less likely to skip your workout. A great idea is to enlist the help of a friend and that way you can keep each other accountable and also have fun training together.
Here's a quick little workout you can try at home.
- 10 squats
- 1 minute marching or jogging on the spot
- 10 push ups
- 1 minute skipping
- 10 lunges
- Hold a plank for as long as you can.
Repeat this twice
The most important step is believing in yourself
Believe in yourself and give yourself credit for every small improvement that you make as all these little improvements together will see you reach your goal. If you slip up, that is okay. Just recognize your slip up and get back on the path to a better you.
P.S. We have a Sunday morning bootcamp starting on 6th November. It runs for 6 weeks and will have you feeling and looking great by Christmas. We'd love to have you come along and join us for some fun. Every session will be different and all fitness levels will be catered for. The program is only $97 but if you book and pay by the end of October you will save $10. Call me to book your place on 0409 135 359.