So many of us keep ourselves inside for the Winter months because it’s too chilly outside to go for our evening walk or spend time kicking a ball around with our kids.
Once you spend that time sipping your hot tea in your uggs, it’s pretty hard to get back out there and put on your sports bra. Because, who wants to wrangle themselves into a jumbo elastic band anyway? We’ve put together some affordable ways to get yourself back into your Spring routine without kicking your butt too hard.
Make use of the outdoor training spaces
There are so many ways to get fit outdoors, from going for a run to practicing hill sprints or even doing exercises off of a park bench. However, if you struggle to stay motivated on a run, there’s a growing trend amongst councils and developers to install a_space outdoor gyms in parks which are free for the community to use.
The set-ups feature similar equipment that you would find in an indoor gym that’s safe to use outdoors, durable and designed to enable users to alter their level of effort without needing to modify equipment settings. Each item of equipment contains clear exercise instructions along with QR codes that you can scan with your smart phone for a video demo providing further exercise tips.
The items you will find in these spaces help to work on your cardio, mobility and strength. According to studies, while cardio can help your body get into fat burning mode, it is actually strength training that keeps your body burning fat for up to 38 hours post workout!
If you are looking to get fit for summer, definitely add some strength training into the mix for that extra fat burn.
Make use of the beach
The beach is not just for swimming and sunbaking, it also provides a great training ground and best of all, when you’re done you can jump in for a dip!
Try running or walking on the soft sand as the sand will add resistance and will help boost the fat burn. Another thing you may want to try is ‘ins and outs’ where you run into the water up to waist of chest height (or wherever you feel comfortable) and then you run back onto the sand for 30 metres and then back into the water again.
Both options will test your bodies in different ways that you wouldn’t get on the footpath and keeping your body guessing is the key to success when it comes to weight loss.
Use an app
With so many apps available nowadays it makes sense to look into them and find one that suits your needs. While some apps are free, others will set you back a few dollars per month. Find one that fits your budget and your fitness goals. It can be a great way for you to find a workout and for you to progress.
Set yourself a goal
I am a huge fan of goal setting as it helps to keep me motivated to ‘take it up a notch’ when I train. I also find that writing things in a journal or on a calendar can help motivate me to go for that extra mile.
If you like to run, set yourself a goal to run further or faster.
If you want to learn to do a handstand, work on your core and back strength. You can also check out my website for more advice on that.
If you want to learn to do a push up or a chin up, work on your upper body and core strength.
Having a goal gives you something to train for, and the closer you get to reaching your goal, the more motivated you will be to show up to training the next day.
Avoid salt and sugar
They say that diet is 80% of the battle and I’m inclined to agree.
My general rule of thumb is to avoid processed foods as much as possible. The more processed, the harder it is for your body to digest and the more likely salt, sugar or sweeteners will be in it. Furthermore, consuming too much salt may hold water weight making you feel bloated and sugar slows down your metabolism.
Try to eat as many wholefoods as possible. The more natural the food, the better it is likely to be for you.
Sometimes things as simple as changing the frequency or content of your foods can give you more energy so that you can burn that off in the park. I often see mums taking their little ones to the park to use the a_space, and showing their kids how they can work out together. Not only are they promoting healthy habits in their kids, but they are spending the time to put effort back into their own routine. Next time you see gym equipment at the park, try it out. Park a street over from the shopping centre and walk the extra few steps back to your car. See how fast you can run home from ducking to the corner shops.
What little tricks do you use to get yourself back into your routine for Summer? Share below.