Who has time to work on their summer body when summer arrives? Honey, we just want to socialise and show off when it gets warm, which means you’ve got to get working in winter! Here’s some advice…
We are visual people by nature, and we find inspiration by looking at things we like. Find other people who are going through their fitness journey to stay on track and dedicated to your goal. To start, here’s our Top Female Fitness Accounts To Follow On Instagram.
You Are What You Eat
It’s true, good people, you are what you eat. Ok, you’re not literally that vetkoek you ate yesterday, but you will start to look like one if you continue to eat unhealthy foods. We know you might get a little SAD (Separation Anxiety Disorder) having to give up junk food, but the rewards of healthy and clean eating are well worth the sacrifice. Often we default to fast food when we don’t know what to eat for lunch or dinner, so cooking in advance, meal planning and knowing what your week looks like will help you stick to your diet.
Gym Gear For That Extra Motivation
Motivation comes from a lot of things, and gym gear is one of those things. Those fab yoga pants might just be motivation enough for you to at least roll out of bed, so if you’re in need of some new threads, check out our list of where to get the perfect gym gear: click here!
Hitting The Gym
Being disciplined is key! You can eat clean and healthy all you want, but if you don’t work out, all of that just goes to waste. Make a schedule and decide what exercise you want to do, whether it’s running, yoga, planks, squats or push-ups. If you’re like me and enjoy working out from home, there are thousands of YouTube workout videos to choose from, so no excuses! Also check out our list of outdoor gyms here if you’re looking for something different.
Don’t You Dare Press Snooze!
Set an alarm for working out, so that you can ready your body to be in the routine of working out early. We all think a little snooze never hurt anybody but, really, if you keep snoozing you’ll just end up postponing. Nothing is as wonderful as an early morning workout session and knowing that you’ve achieved something for the day.
A Little Stretching Never Hurt Nobody
High-energy exercise is important, but stretching is twice as important. So, off to yoga we go! Yoga stretches muscles that other exercises don’t reach and can also help the body to self-heal. The most important aspect is that it creates strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body. Here are some physical benefits:
- Increased flexibility
- Increased muscle strength and tone
- Improved respiration, energy and vitality
- Maintaining a balanced metabolism
- Weight reduction
- Cardio and circulatory health
- Improved athletic performance
- Protection from injury