6 Tips to be healthier this summer
Exercise in the morning
Why not try exercising in the morning? Set your alarm clock a little bit earlier and get your blood pumping earlier in the day. Not only will the temperature be cooler, it will kick start your metabolism for the rest of the day. The more you do it, the more it will become ingrained as a healthy habit. With BBQ’s, Beer Gardens and Ice-Cream a popular choice in the afternoon, you’ll be less likely to skip a workout and then feel less guilty about indulging!
Stop the fad diets! Just eat healthy
With your holidays just around the corner, it’s so easy to jump on the latest 30 day craze or a ‘quick fix’ fad diet. Rather than cutting everything ‘bad’ from your diet just try a more balanced diet with the introduction of fresh fruit and vegetables instead of the ‘bad’ foods.
Feel you already have a balanced diet? You could always try cutting down your portion size (using a smaller plate is a good tip).
Prepping your meals in advance and planning healthy exciting meals each day will stop you reaching for the snacks! Of course if you cut all carbs/sugars/fats from your diet you’ll lose weight but as soon as you start eating normally again you’ll put it straight back on. Fuel your body correctly for the exercise and activity you’re doing!
With this hot whether it’s easy to become dehydrated or reach for sugary drinks. Increase your water consumption, to combat the effect of the heat. If you’ve reduced your calorie intake to enter a deficit, this will also help to eliminate the weight gain caused by water retention.
Don’t forget your water! Before hitting the gym, going for a run, class or any exercise don’t forget your drinks bottle. Your body needs hydration and even more so when you exercise and when the temperature is high.
On average the body of a human adult contains 50-60% water so every time you sweat you need to restore this fluid to keep it healthy.
If you don’t like water try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your water bottle or no added sugar cordial.
Sports drinks can be good when you are facing a hard training session to keep your energy levels up but remember like any sugary drinks they contain calories, so if you are calorie counting you can't beat good old H2O!
Mix-up your training
Mix up your workouts with a blend of Cardio and Strength training. Exercise boosts your heart rate, and helps to lower your blood pressure, improving your overall cardiovascular health.
Want to try something outside of the gym?
We offer a variety of classes across our leisure centres, click here to find see which classes are available at your centre.
Classes will help to motivate you to try something new, they’ll work parts of your body that your normal workout may not reach.
Head for the pool - Swimming is an all over body workout and works those muscles you never knew you had! Find your local pool here
Don’t try and do everything at once. If you start a new exercise regime, with a calorie deficit diet, it will all affect you at the same time. In 2 or 3 weeks when it starts to ramp up, you’ll be reaching for sugary foods and cutting the work-outs! Start by increasing your exercise, once you’re happy in an established routine you can focus on your healthy diet.
Download our new Leisurecentre App
Track your workouts, set yourself goals and join challenges with our LeisureCentre App. You’re more likely to stick to your new healthier lifestyle if you set yourself a challenge to stick too!