If the thought of stripping down to swimwear for summer fills you with dread, our simple tips will get you feeling awesome in no time
Summer is finally here, and that beaming sun has just reminded us how the season is best spent feeling confident, energetic and light.
Whether you’re hitting the beach for a summer holiday or just looking forward to digging out those warm-weather outfits, we’ve got the best ways for you to be feeling at your prime this summer.
Up the intensity
While a leisurely walk or steady-state run a few days a week will boost your health, it’s not going to get you on the path to super-lean glory. To get the body you want you need a workout that’ll both burn fat and define muscle. Sack off the casual jog in favour of a high-intensity sprint session in the park – try doing 20-30 second sprints alternated with a minute’s rest and repeat five times. Do this twice a week combined with two or three free-weights or circuit sessions to tone up and boost your fat burn. Try this easy circuit in the park: 10 star jumps, 10 squat jumps, 20 jumping lunges, 10 press-ups, 10-second plank, 20 crunches.
Eating a balanced and healthy diet is the best way to achieve the best version of you this summer. Tuck into plenty of dark, leafy green vegetables, which are packed with vitamins and minerals, and replace processed meat with lean protein. Add in small portions of unrefined carbs such as brown rice or quinoa, eat plenty of fruit and munch on good fats such as avocados and nuts.
This is another technique you can add to your armoury in pursuit of confidence this summer. Imagining how fantastic you’ll feel knowing you’re in good health will help boost your focus and get you through any motivation slumps along the way.