Summer is the perfect time to change your lifestyle and get on the health-train. A few small changes to your diet and training routine can improve not only your overall health and fitness, but it will also make you feel happier, more energized and more confident.
Nicole Warburg shares her top 10 summer health tips to help you kickstart your healthiest summer yet!
1. Change for YOU
My number 1 tip for anyone wanting to improve their fitness or health this summer is this: change your habits and lifestyle for you, not for anyone else. If you are doing this for anyone other than yourself, you are destined to fail! DO IT FOR YOU!
2. Make the most of your days – especially the bad ones
Research shows that just ten minutes of exercise can provide important health benefits. A little bit can add up over time, so just do what you can, when you can. Every little bit helps!
3. Moderation is key
Never diet! I find that strict rules about what to eat actually cause the very issues they claim to solve. Dieting has been shown to be associated with a greater risk of eating disorders and weight gain. Cut out all the refined, sugary foods and alcohol, and focus on making healthier choices. Moderation is key.
4. Get a training partner
Find a training partner; someone who has the same or similar goals as you and whose strength and fitness levels are just a bit better than yours. This may help push you to the next level. Having a social aspect to your exercise routine may increase your commitment as well. Even the most motivated and energetic person can have a really bad training session, and having a partner can help keep you motivated.
5. Make training FUN
Make your training fun. The weather is wonderful this time of the year; make the most of it and train outdoors. Go somewhere different and try something new!
6. Quality over quantity
Exercising too often and too long is a common mistake. I have learnt over the years that quality is more important than quantity.
7. Find a sustainable routine
Get into a good sustainable routine that fits into your lifestyle. Consistency and gradual progression are so important to avoid injuries and make constant improvement.
Try to get at least eight hours of sleep a night, especially if you are training hard as this is when your body repairs itself.
9. Make healthier choices
Have an “eating-out strategy”. Eating out is one of the main reasons many people say they can’t stay on track. All it comes down to is making healthier choices. Order a simple meal and ask for the sauce to be bought separately.
10. Stay hydrated
Most people know it’s important to get plenty water, but struggle to get into the habit of drinking water throughout the day. Keep a water bottle in the car, on your desk and next to your bed as a constant reminder to drink up!
Author: Mariska du Plessis
Mariska is the editor of Fitness Magazine, Bootcamp Instructor, Writer, Photographer and Wellness Blogger.
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