Tips for los­ing win­ter weight

Lesotho Times - - Health - Ad­ven­ture­boot­camp

CAPE TOWN — If thoughts of sum­mer and swimming cos­tumes are giv­ing you sleep­less nights, here are some tips to help you get bikini ready.

The key to a suc­cess­ful ap­proach to ex­er­cise is to find an ac­tiv­ity you love; bet­ter yet, en­cour­age a friend to join you. This makes for a more so­cial ex­pe­ri­ence, which also re­sults in a de­gree of ac­count­abil­ity.

Con­sis­tency is another el­e­ment one needs to fac­tor into the equa­tion.

Diet is the most im­por­tant as­pect when it comes to achiev­ing weight loss goals. Healthy eat­ing and cor­rect por­tion sizes are the first step, and when you com­bine it with a fun and ex­cit­ing ex­er­cise rou­tine, you are sure to see re­sults.

Set a fit­ness goal and be pre­cise about what you want and why – ex­am­ples could in­clude cy­cling the next Cape Town Cy­cle Tour, climb Kil­i­man­jaro, hike the five day Ot­ter Trail, run your first 10km road race. Hav­ing a goal keeps you mo­ti­vated and it’s also a good way to mea­sure your fit­ness.

Set in­cre­men­tal and achiev­able weight­loss goals. Be sure to re­ward your­self ev­ery time you achieve one of your goals. Some great ex­am­ples of re­wards in­clude a man­i­cure, a new pair of shoes or a fa­cial (avoid re­wards that are food re­lated).

In­clude both strength train­ing and car­dio in your work­out. It’s proven that in­clud­ing re­sis­tance ex­er­cises to­gether with a var­ied car­dio­vas­cu­lar pro­gramme will en­sure a solid foun­da­tion for im­proved per­for­mance.

Learn to love the per­son you are. The more you love your­self, the more you will feel like you de­serve to grow and evolve, both phys­i­cally and men­tally. You need to feel you are worth the ef­fort in­volved in mak­ing the changes, which are some­times not easy

Invest in a pair of dumb­bells, a good pair of run­ning shoes, an ex­er­cise mat and a ther­a­band. —

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