4 Ways To Get Your Body Summer-Ready This Winter
Oversized jumpers, a hot chocolate, and Netflix on repeat – during those cold winter days, leaving your cozy cocoon to go workout is the last thing many of us want to do!
In winter, it can be easy to get stuck into unhealthy patterns. The days are shorter, the temperature is cold, and it requires something drastic to be enough to pull us off the couch!
While warm weather makes us more motivated to work out, winter really is the best time to step into a fitness regime and get your body summer-ready.
No matter where you are on your fitness journey, no matter your age or body type, being bikini-ready means feeling comfortable in the skin you’re in. Keeping a consistent workout routine during winter will not only keep you healthy and active but will also fill you with more energy to get you through those long, cold days and nights.
Use these tips to build your summer body and become a fitter, happier you – no matter what the season!
1. Make a plan
It’s important to set yourself up with a personal plan that helps you to set achievable goals. That way, you’re allowing yourself to progress, step by step, to your best summer self without overwhelming yourself.
Get a notebook and write your top goals for a summer body. This could be:
- Fit into your old favourite bikini
- Lose X amount of weight
- Get more toned.
Having an end goal helps to keep everything in perspective and gives you that extra push when you find yourself slipping back into unhealthy habits.
Next, set a date for your new fitness routine to start. In preparation, you may want to look up free workout videos on YouTube, source fitness articles, purchase exercise equipment or visit the friendly team at Fernwood Fitness who can help you draw up a personalised fitness plan.
The hardest part is getting started. Your actionable step at writing a plan/goal and setting a date to begin is all it takes to start the momentum and keep it going.
2. Diet right
Having a balanced diet is part of making sure you achieve your summer body and fitness goals.
While diet and winter generally don’t like to mix, it’s important to fuel your body with healthy foods – as this is what’s needed to build healthy muscle and maintain optimum energy levels.
You’ve heard the saying, “Abs are made in the kitchen”, well, there’s a lot of truth to that. Nutrition is often far more important than exercise. In order to lose weight and keep it off, eating balanced healthy meals and ensuring you remain in a calorie deficit will see your results come much faster. The team at Elite Supplements can assist you in finding the right vitamins and supplements to get you right on track!
Instead of ordering the usual comfort food when you’re eating out, try switching to healthier food options such as a naked burrito bowl from Guzman y Gomez – which is loaded with nutritional goodness and is high-protein (for muscle growth) and naturally low in fat and sugar.
3. Keeping fit
One of the hardest parts of exercising is getting motivated. Sometimes, especially in the midst of winter, even your summer body goals aren’t enough to pull you out of bed!
When the temperature dips and your bed is calling, all you need is an extra push.
Start off by doing some simple stretches to warm your body up. Try some lunges, leg swings, and star jumps to get the blood pumping and to signal to your brain that you’re going to work out.
To further motivate your mindset and get out of the winter rut, make exercising something to look forward to by choosing some bright workout gear at BIG W or Kmart. If group classes are your thing – head to Fernwood Fitness who offer an array of classes to suit every fitness level. That way, you are more motivated to exercise, even with the cold Canberra weather.
4.Take it slow
It takes a bit of work to achieve a summer body, but it shouldn’t have to be all work. Rest and recovery play a huge part in staying in shape and maintaining an overall healthy mindset.
There’s no need to rush – you have plenty of time to get into shape for summer!
Balance is always key. Achieving your fitness goals doesn’t mean having to sacrifice winter comforts. If you want to have that pizza from Crust then go for it!
Having a rest day and eating the foods you love should be enjoyed and savoured. So long as you balance this with regular exercise and maintaining a healthy diet the majority of the time, you are well on your way to your body goals.
Get summer-ready at Marketplace Gungahlin
Marketplace Gungahlin is here to help you keep motivated in achieving your summer body goals this winter. With plenty of options, from nutrition stores to centres for relaxation and self-care, you have everything you need to support your health and wellbeing with the added convenience of free 2-hour parking and an easy to navigate shopping centre.