The arrival of summer is your perfect excuse to firm up those muscles and put the focus back on your wellbeing. A fitter and stronger body will not only boost your confidence, but also give you that added energy for the season ahead. Here’s your guide to looking – and feeling – great, both on the beach and beyond.
Don’t rush to lose a lot of weight before your summer holiday or a special event. Severely cutting calories slows down your metabolism: it’s not good for your health and it’s not a long-term solution either. Instead, set realistic goals and give yourself adequate time to meet them.
You schedule in meetings, appointments and social occasions, right? Then you can easily do the same with exercise. Allocate time in your weekly routine for a gym class, a power walk, or even an exercise video.
Want radiant summer skin? Of course you do! Smooth out rough skin and boost your circulation with a dry brush. Using a gentle exfoliator twice a week and moisturising daily will help to further improve skin tone and texture.
Beautify your body from within. Brightly coloured fruits such as tomatoes and summer berries are jam-packed with antioxidants. And glow-getting vitamins A and C are readily available in leafy greens like broccoli and kale.
If the sun’s out, skip the gym and try an outdoor activity. Stand-up paddle boarding, swimming and hiking are great al fresco options - just don’t forget to apply sunscreen!
If you’re slipping into swimwear, the last thing you want is a bloated tummy. Avoid artificial sweeteners found in sugar-free drinks and food, as these can cause swelling. Drinking alcohol, fizzy drinks and chewing gum are other no-nos.
Rather than comparing yourself to models, focus on your own body. If you’re eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and are within your recommended Body Mass Index (BMI) then there’s no need for self-criticism. A healthy and happy body is a beautiful one!