The (short) beach season may be over. You might be tempted to write off your fitness goals until the New Year and focus on summer.
It’s easier than you think to achieve your goals and stay focused on your health and fitness all year!
In this post I’m going to give you a few tips on how you can get a body everyone will be envious of even when the beach season is over.
Tip 1 – Indoor cardiovascular exercise
Of course training outside is great. You get some sunshine, you can feel the air on your skin, and there’s always the possibility of stumbling upon 6 Pugs who you obviously have to stop and play with…
But summer is over. It’s cold and wet.
Fortunately, getting your cardio done indoors can be hugely beneficial and just as enjoyable.
Primarily, there are more options which can let you add more variation to your training.
We all know that rowing is amazing exercise. Sure, you could row outside. But how likely are you really to get the canoe out three times a week and do thirty minutes on the river? It’s much easier to jump on a rowing machine and avoid the hassle!
If you’re more interested in running, then getting your workout done on a treadmill can give you much more control over your training. You can adjust the speed and inclination to suit your own abilities and goals. It’s also a lot easier to monitor your achievements, so you know how much you’re improving!
Tip 2 – Pump some iron
Maybe you’re a seasoned powerlifter. Maybe the thought of picking up anything heavier than a tin of beans fills you with dread. No matter who you are, regular resistance training is a vital part of staying healthy and getting a body you’re proud of. And best of all – it’s almost never performed in the rain!
One of the most important things in your weightlifting must-haves is a bench. Because so many exercises are performed from a sitting or lying position, you need a steady base. Benches can come foldable, fixed, and adjustable – what’s best for you really depends on your requirements, goals, and space available.
Obviously once you’ve got a bench, you’ll need something to lift! I won’t bore you with a list of all the different type of weight training equipment there are (it’s a lot). The two most common and important terms you will hear are dumbbell and barbell. With one or both of these, you can do a massive amount of exercises!
If you want to be able to perform a huge range of exercises without having multiple pieces of equipment, maybe try a multi-gym. They combine various pieces of equipment into one to make life so much easier.
Tip 3 – Try supplements to fight cravings
Summer or no summer – if you don’t eat the right foods you’ll never get the body you want. One of the hardest parts of getting your dream body is avoiding sugary foods. For years now I’ve been trying to convince myself that I don’t need any cookies (obviously I need cookies). One thing which can really help is giving your body something which tastes like whatever you’re craving, but that isn’t going to ruin all your hard work. Protein shakes can be a great way to keep your cravings at bay and also increase your intake of muscle-building protein!
Tip 4 – Get back on track after setbacks
You’ve been doing well for a couple of weeks. Eating good foods. No junk. Training hard.
Then one day at work – you’ve had no lunch, you’re tired and hungry, and someone brings in birthday cake. You kick Peter from accounting out of the way, not even waiting for the candles to be blown out before you cut yourself an overly generous slice.
Don’t panic! It’s easy to think that your whole day/week of progress is ruined and you might as well sit around eating pizza until you start again on Monday. Yes it’s a setback, but the most important thing is to get back on track as quickly as possible. Occasional treats aren’t a problem. Treats becoming a main part of your diet is a problem.
The key to maintaining your health and fitness throughout the year is finding methods which work for you. Give some of these tips a try and you’ll be well on your way to getting your summer body after summer.