Tips for losing winter weight
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. —