Summer can be a time when the average student just lazily kicks around their hometown, waking up at midday and lazing about the house before collapsing back into bed again at 3AM. If you’ve got the willpower, though, it can also be a fantastic time to finally start taking exercise and fitness seriously (like you always said you would). With good weather and nothing much to do, it’s a great time to dust off those trainers and start getting active. Here are 6 tips on how you can lose that beer belly over summer.
1.) Get some new gym gear and a new playlist
If you haven’t exercised in a while, it is worth investing in some new gym kit to help you feel the part. As well as predictable gym clothing, sport products such as exercise headphones, pedometers, and armbands for your phone help with the practicalities of fitness. Updating your fitness playlists with some upbeat pop songs also helps to boost your morale during exercise.
2.) Up your fitness routine
No matter what fitness level you start from, upping your exercising routine will undoubtedly have positive effects on your weight loss plan. If you are able to buy a gym membership, that is often a helpful starting point as hopefully the commitment to a monthly payment will encourage you to exercise. Even if you are not able to purchase a membership, you should still be aiming to do over three hours of exercise a week for a healthy weight loss routine.
3.) Find types of exercise that suit you
When people think of exercise they often think of typical cardio workouts like running or cycling. Exercise goes way beyond these types of solo sporting activities, however. At university there are so many societies to get involved with, such as kickboxing, korfball, handball, or even water polo. Joining a team or trying a new sport will take you out of your comfort zone and make it feel as if you are starting a new hobby and not just a new type of exercise.
4.) Find a way to incorporate exercise into your daily routine
Matching your fitness routine to your lifestyle is vital for long term results. Everyone has different preferences but often people enjoy to exercise at the start of the day so that they can carry on with their normal routine. For instance, you could wake up 45 minutes earlier than usual and go on a jog before the day begins. You don’t even have to go outside to incorporate exercise into your morning as YouTube and various sporting apps offer cardio and toning exercise tutorials. If you regularly have early starts or your days are fairly hectic, it may be worth going to the gym or to an exercise class after your normal day. If you see this as a way to end the day before you return home to eat or to relax, it can easily slot it into your day.
5.) Swaps to your diet
Little changes to your diet can go a long way. For instance, you could swap white bread for wholesome grains, biscuits and cakes for sweet berries, and beer for wine and liquor. Stocking up on healthy grains and researching low calorie meals will complement your exercise regime to really improve results.
6.) Changing your portions
The average person exceeds the daily recommended amount of carbohydrates. It is advised that, to lose weight, people should move towards a 75:25 ratio of vegetables and protein to carbohydrates. Equally, eating smaller portions but eating more often is likely to help you stay healthy. Waiting too long between each meal can make you hungrier and therefore more likely to overeat or opt for unhealthy foods. Therefore, try to eat small meals every four or so hours. When it comes to snacking, make sure that you are realistic and do not suddenly attempt to cut out all treat foods. Try and find healthier alternatives to your snacks, such as yoghurt, nuts, fruit, or even popcorn.
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