4 Top Workout Tips To Get You Summer Body Ready

Fat loss mission or embracing your wobbly bits, find your body confidence

Summer body ready might mean something different for each of us, but wanting to feel confident in a cossie is something most of us will have in common. For some of you that might mean blasting some body fat, for others it could be feeling healthy and strong in the amazing body you already have. Whatever it means to you, here are a few workout tips that will have a long-term positive impact on your health and well-being.

Do the right type of training

With much dispute around what the best training method is for fat loss, it’s difficult to know whether we should be pounding on the treadmill for hours or pumping iron. If you want to improve health, drop body fat or tone up, the most beneficial way of training is the one that you can do consistently with the most enjoyment. Here are a few options to get you moving more. 

High Intensity Interval Training (or HIIT) involves doing short bursts of intense exercise followed by short rest periods. This type of training will burn fat fast due to the oxygen debt during the workout and your body’s need for more oxygen post-workout to return back to a normal state. You will continue to burn calories at a faster rate after the session. It’s also a great stress buster and guaranteed way to get the endorphins going. 

Weight training is another effective workout method – crucial for booting metabolism. The more lean muscle you have, the faster your metabolism and therefore the more calories your body is going to burn at rest, which will help you to drop body fat. Lifting will also improve your strength, posture, bone density and most importantly, your mood. Try to include compound movements such as squats and deadlifts, which work a number of different muscle groups at the same time. 

If sweating it out in a spin class or running a 10k is more your thing, keep doing what you’re doing. Chances are you are burning a couple of hundred calories in one session, which should leave you in a deficit over the course of the day. This form of aerobic training will improve your cardiovascular fitness and reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. 

Be consistent

Working out once or twice every few weeks is not going to have a huge impact on your body composition or your health. You need have some consistency with your training routine to see changes and results. If you are just starting out, aim for once or twice per week for 45-60 minutes and gradually build frequency as that becomes more manageable. For you avid gym bunnies make it your goal to train 4-6 times per week, scheduling in some rest and recovery. 

Have a plan and stick to it

Blocking out training time in your diary or packing your kit the night before will mean you’re much more likely to actually make it to the gym. Have a workout plan in mind before you start your session to avoid the aimless wandering and time-wasting. If you’re lacking motivation, book yourself into a fitness class or find a friend who will keep you on the straight and narrow with your healthy habit. 

Challenge your body

If we continue to repeat the same workout week in, week out, our bodies will adapt and your results will plateau. To continue moving forward towards your goal, change up your programme every 4-6 weeks, increase weight, frequency OR complexity of the exercises – the body needs to be challenged in order for it to change.

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