As the days start to get longer, and the temperature heats up, you decide to start thinking about getting a nice summertime tan. But as you don your bikini you realise there are certain areas that aren’t quite as toned as they should be, and notice a bit of extra winter weight here and there!
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- So what do you do about it? You need a plan! Well to start with there are two aspects of health and fitness you need to focus on. First is your diet, and second is exercise.
Everybody has different nutritional needs so you are better off speaking to a nutritional advisor for a personalised eating plan. However, general guidelines would include eliminating as many sugars, salts, starchy white carbs, and saturated fats from your diet as you can. You don’t want to starve yourself so eat lots of fruit and veg, protein, and wholegrain cereals. Chicken breast, white fish, pulses, porridge are all good examples of healthy food options. And obviously drink lots of water to keep hydrated, especially in the summer months.
Once you get a good diet in place you will have more energy to get the best out of whatever training programme you choose. Which brings us to the second part of your ‘Fit summer body plan’ - exercise!
There are so many forms of exercise to choose from these days, there really is no excuse not to do anything. The main areas most women like to focus on are the legs (thighs), the bum, and stomach (abdominals). If you are quite self motivated or self-conscious and like to train on your own, power walking, running and swimming are good to get started but then you may need to increase the intensity of the workout to keep getting results. Swiss balls (also known as stability balls) are also good for targeting problem areas and can be used in the comfort of your own home with the help of a fitness DVD. Some other good home exercises to be used with or without the ball are squats, lunges, side leg raises, side and front stomach crunches. Alternate between slow holds and quick repetitions of each exercise to get the full benefit of the move.
Now, if you’re the kind of person who needs a bit of a push and likes to be in a group or with other people to train then you could choose any one of the various fitness or dance classes on the market. Step and dancercise classes are good for cardio and fat burning with a bit of fun choreography thrown in. For a more intense workout try Boxercise, Legs, bums and tums, or any body pump/body combat classes. For a slightly gentler start you could try yoga or pilates for stretching and toning. So get your body moving today!
For more information contact Stefi at Polercise Plus, Club Flamingo, San Eugenio. Tel: 626 505 355.
This article appears in the print edition 620 of Island Connections