Summer is around the corner, but there's still time to get in great shape for the summer months if you start doing the right things today!
Here are four ways to help you get on track and in great shape this summer.
1. Go to the gym in the morning
If you’re struggling to find the motivation to venture to the gym after work, try switching it to the morning. It will seem hard the first few times but the benefits of getting to bed earlier the night before, increased feel good endorphins and more time to yourself in the evenings will make it so worth it! You’re also far more likely to eat better the rest of the day as you know how hard you’ve already worked instead of over eating with the idea that you’ll sweat it out later.
2. Lift as heavy as possible while in the gym
If your aim is to lose weight then it is important to lift heavy weights for low to medium repetitions rather than doing lots of repetitions using light weights.
Lifting heavier weights will improve your metabolism and make you stronger, while light weights with high repetitions is something you should do to improve your endurance. You’re stronger than you think. Don’t ever tell yourself your weak and you can’t lift weights. You can and you’ll be amazed at the overall difference it makes!
Strength training helps women and men get leaner, stronger and healthier. So pick up those dumbbells, put your plans into practice and start shaping up for summer NOW!
3. Mix your workouts up
Sometimes workouts can feel more like a job than fun, so it is important to vary your workouts up from time to time. Aim for full body, functional exercises that engage the core and work muscles in all ways. Use your body weight and free weights to help to build muscle, which will in turn, burn calories faster than fat does. Aim to get a balance of cardio vascular exercise and weight training to challenge the body and be pushed out of your comfort zone.
4. Get your diet on point
This is crucial to ensuring you maximize your results and efforts from the gym. Increase your intake of plant based foods like brightly coloured fruits & vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Try and include protein at each meal and get good carbs and fats in as well. Alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks should be minimised and you should be flushing your system with plenty of water throughout the day!
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