The cool winter mornings, chilling evenings and only the hint of midday sun does not leave much desire for one to keep fit or active during the winter season. With only a month and a half to go, the beaming rays of sun are steadily creeping up on us and it is nearly time to reveal those summer bodies. You only have two options left as the clock is ticking before we wear less clothing – you either give yourself more work to do in summer by not getting active during winter, or you work smart, and pace yourself this winter so that you don’t have to work too hard in summer. Or, you let it be and embrace your body in whichever shape and form and keep eating those donuts!
One of the biggest challenges I have come across among men and women is that lovely roll of fat that just does not seem to disappear. It clings to the body like an infant to its mother. We despise it and wish it away yet it stays lingering and unfortunately sometimes assumes permanent residence. In fighting this battle it’s important to understand one basic rule. 80% nutrition and 20% exercise is the ratio you need to get right in order for you to achieve optimal results.
If you decide to make the choice to soldier on and battle it out, here are some tips to help you along the way:
- Stay away from sugar. In as many forms as possible. We’re talking soft drinks, juices, cakes, chocolates, ice cream (basically all the really yummy things that help us out on depressing days) Sugar is sneaky. It creeps in in food items you would never expect so decrease on your sugar intake as far as you can.
- This needs to become your best friend. Water breaks down cellulite, assists with digestion and keeps you hydrated of course. Very often, you think you are hungry but you’re actually just dehydrated and your body is asking for liquids. So, before every meal, have a glass of water and whenever you are feeling peckish, have a glass of water before you start snacking. You might find that you don’t even need to snack at all anymore.
- Stay away from starch at night. Your supper needs to predominantly include protein and vegetables. This means fish, chicken, meat and vegetables. Stay away from fried foods and always opt for grilled means of preparing food. If starch is going to be included in your menu in any way, let it be during lunch and control your portion sizes. Your digestion system is most active during the day, so it will break down your starch quicker than it would at night.
When it comes to the 20% exercise needed for good results, be sure to get in at least 45 minutes of exercise three times a week. Considering that we have 24 hours in a day, push yourself to do 45 minutes of exercise a day. Not only does this assist with weight loss and toning up your body but also will general health benefits, moods and skin care. Sweat is safe!
Most importantly when trying to start a healthy programme is to actually want to do it. Ensure that you are mentally ready. Once your head is in the game, your body will follow suit and when you decide that you want to do it more than you need to do it you will find yourself enjoying it so much more. Eventually the release of endorphins during exercise will become an addiction and you will find yourself not being able to live without it.
So go on, take a moment to reflect and think about whether you’re going to tackle July with a bang, and then do it!