TOP 5 TIPS TO GET FIT FOR SUMMER!

13/05/16 - Lewis Hartley

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Well, summer is almost here. The kids will soon be breaking up from school and you'll be pulling those old shorts out of the cupboard in no time. Whether you’re working towards a summer getaway, or just looking to look and feel a bit healthier, we’ve got five top-tips that will help speed up the process!


Hit the weights!

There’s a common misconception out there that lifting weights – and heavy ones at that – will make you big and blocky. This notion is why many women tend to hit the treadmill non-stop as opposed to the dumbbell rack.  In reality, weight training is actually the best way to lose weight!

Not only will you burn through calories during your workout, but you’ll then get what is commonly called the afterburn effect. Simply put, this means that your body will continue to burn calories for up-to a whopping 12 hours after your session. On top of that, any muscle you add as a result will then actually increase your metabolic rate!

Rather than burning through 300 calories in 30 minutes on the cross-trainer, hitting the weights will turn your body into an anabolic machine for the next 12 hours. So, next time you’re in the gym, head towards the bench press and not the rowing machine.

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Join a Gym!

This one kind-of goes without saying, but you'll be setting yourself up for failure if you're not a member of a gym with quality equipment. Sure, you could go jogging or take the dog on walks – but nothing compares to the atmosphere of a buzzing gym. Being around people with similar goals will only help inspire you to reach yours! Having all the kit in one place certainly helps as well, of course.

If you haven't already, go to: http://www.fitnessflex.org.uk/gyms, check out which of our sites is closest to you and enquire about joining.


Diet, Diet, Diet!

As the old adage goes, you can't outwork a bad diet. If we were to break weight-loss down, then it's generally considered to be 20% training, 80% diet. It makes sense when you think about it... for example, it only takes a second to eat a 280 calorie Snickers – it'll take about half-an-hour of cardio to burn that off. If you're putting the time in to hit the gym regularly, you don't want to be undoing that every time you open the fridge!

Without getting overly scientific, it's ultimately about making sensible food choices. Make sure to get plenty of protein to help rebuild the muscle you'll breakdown during weight training and moderate saturated fat intake. It's actually harder for your body to breakdown protein, so it'll also help boost metabolism. As for carbs, there's no need to go ultra-low – just be sure to get enough to keep you fuelled throughout the day.

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"There are no limits, there are only plateaus. You must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee.
Take up a sport!

If the gym isn't really your scene, you could always take up a sport to keep fit. The best type of exercise is the kind that you'll keep doing. Whether that be Football or something as obscure as Bog Snorkelling (yes, it exists... google it!), picking something you enjoy will make fitness fun as opposed to a chore. 

Anything that has you moving around more and generally being active will set you in the right direction. You might even make a few friends in the process – though if Bog Snorkelling is your thing, I'd maybe shower first!


Get up and get out!

2016 is meant to boast one of the hottest summers on record, so there's no excuse to be lounging around inside all day. Instead of watching TV, why not go on a sociable bike ride with friends or take a walk through local scenery? Any extra calories you burn will only help you achieve your goals faster.

If you plan-out your route, you could even make a day of it. Schedule in a pit-stop at a local pub or restaurant that serves healthy options and break up the day. This notion can even carry over to other aspects of your life – for example, opt to take the stairs instead of the lift where possible and walk small journeys as opposed to driving.

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