Okay, so you’ve got to (maybe “want to” is a better phrase) get in shape. To do that, there’s no point in being in denial. The river in Egypt is a long way away from where you want to be in a couple of months’ time! Sadly, everyone has to exercise and change their diet if they are going to wow on the beach. Unfortunately, there isn’t a person on the planet who can gorge on junk food and rock a six-pack. Yep, this is going to take a lot of hard work, effort, and dedication.
Or is it?
To lose weight and tone-up for the summer, people assume they need to take drastic action. “I’m going to eat nothing but fruit and leafy vegetables for six months” is a classic statement. Sure, maybe sticking to a diet routine is difficult, but exercising is far easier. All you have to do is burn carbs, fat and calories three to four times a week. Even better, there are small but significant hacks which will help you maintain the lifestyle. Here’s what you need to know.
Start In The Summer
Granted, this isn’t a good tip if it’s the middle of winter and the rain is pouring down. Whether it’s enjoyable or not, exercise is essential in from the summer through to the fall and back. But, right now the weather is pretty awesome and it makes working out ten times easier. For one thing, the sun shines longer during the day. The reason this is important is two-fold. Firstly, the UV rays often encourage people to wake up early and get to the gym. When there is darkness all around, this is almost impossible. Secondly, the burning ball of fire in the sky doesn’t set until about 8 or 9 pm. As a result, there is more sunlight to go for a jog or a walk. Sometimes, the gym is unappealing but pounding the pavement is pleasant and enjoyable. Right now, you have the perfect excuse to start a training regime that will last for the next three months. Hopefully, it will go beyond this period, too.
Pick The Right Gym
For those of you who aren’t into jogging or fell running, the gym is a wonderful backup plan. It’s quite affordable and has everything you need in terms of equipment. However, it may not have all the facilities that encourage a healthy workout plan. Yes, the weights are second-to-none and the cardio equipment is top-notch, but what about the opening hours? Considering that the average person is super busy, there may not be enough time in the day to hit the gym. Well, that is unless the one you choose is like www.ClubFitness.us and is open 24 hours a day. Then, regardless of the situation, there is always the option to exercise and plan working out around your day. Nowadays, you should find that Club Fitness is the norm and almost all gym facilities are available from dusk to dawn. Still, it’s worth researching before signing on the dotted line.
Take A Friend
Exercising alone isn’t something that comes naturally to most people. There are too many stigmas and self-confidence issues to strut around like you own the place. Those guys in tank tops are happy to do it, but you’re not going to mix it with the pros. Still, the atmosphere and the way you think you look shouldn’t impact health and fitness. Everyone has a right to work out, although it’s nice to have a safety net. The good news is that you will have friends who avoid the gym because they are scared to go alone. Some may lack the dedication because they find it easy to find an excuse. The point is that exercising as a team is less daunting and adds a level of competitiveness. No one wants to be the person at the bottom of the ladder, so everyone works out to their maximum and pushes the others to be better. Also, don’t forget about the guilt aspect. Letting yourself down is simple; doing it to another person is shameful!
Or An iPod
In this digital that world we live in, it makes sense to get plugged in and stay connected. Of course, in this context, this means to download a music app, create a playlist and press play. There are dozens to choose from these days, but Spotify is still at the top of the pile. Www.digitaltrends.com has a comprehensive list as well as analysis if you need inspiration. The thing to keep in mind is the impact music can have on physical activity. Picture the scene. You’re tired and can’t be bothered to exercise and you’re going through the motions. Then, a banging tune blast through the earbuds and your body responds. This isn’t a coincidence – the right tones will warm up or cool down the body accordingly. An infallible rule to follow is to create multiple playlists and choose one depending on the plan for the day. Running, for example, warrants high-intensity artists such as Prodigy to keep the muscles moving. A yoga class needs something soothing and relaxing.
Choose Something You Love
Exercising regularly is about enjoyment. Those who think “god, I’ve got to go to the gym tonight” are the ones who quit. Why? It’s because working out is a chore and not a hobby. With this in mind, you should try and mix the two and find a hobby that is demanding. There are hundreds to choose from, from basketball to squash and soccer. Don’t worry about branching out – go with the flow. Then, the idea of going to practice or playing with friends will never be negative. Instead of trying to blow off physical activity, you’ll end up welcoming it and exercising more than ever before. Gym classes are great if there is nothing which stands out. Yoga has already been mentioned but a pilates class is very challenging. Boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts are incredibly popular too.
Can you use the small print to make it work out in your favor?