Summer body blitz
Our fave down-to-earth beach babe Elyse Knowles reveals her top tips for getting bikini ready
Top tips from Elyse Knowles for shaping your best bikini body
OOh, happy day! The first hints of summer are (almost) here: the days are getting longer and Aperol spritzes are nudging out mulled wine at happy hour. You’ve even pulled out your cossie from the dusty bottom drawer – only to think, “Yikes, it’s been a long time since I’ve shown so much skin.” Well, fear not, because Elyse Knowles has your back. The former WH cover star and face of Aussie swimwear brand Seafolly shares her secrets for a total-body tone-up to get you beach ready in no time.
CHANGE THINGS UP
You’ve heard the old adage “summer bodies are made in winter”. But for Elyse, they’re honed in spring. “I love to embrace the sun; it just makes me happy,” she says. Mix up your workout routine by getting outdoors and trying new ways to move. “You could surf, which activates different muscles you never knew you could activate, or you could go wakeboarding, or jump on a bike and pedal to the metal,” she suggests. “The next day you’re like, ‘Holy moly, I can feel that in my glutes!’” Not only will you get fresh air and a vitamin D dose, but switching up sweat sessions can also keep you motivated. “I have more fun when I change it up, and I think it’s how I get to see results – because my body never gets used to doing one thing,” agrees Elyse.
MAKE A MEAL OF IT
Fresh, simple and all-natural are the three cardinal virtues of the 25-yearold’s diet. “When I want to tone up I stick to a high-protein, high-naturalfat diet with lots of fruit and vegies,”
says Elyse. Looking for brekkie inspo right off the Insta star’s plate? Chuck three eggs, spinach, garlic and onion in a pan with homemade pesto and goat’s cheese for some seriously gourmet scrambled eggs. “I have that with an almond milk chai and it’s like heaven for me in the morning.” The high-protein meal will provide plenty of energy to power you through until lunchtime.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
If lots of dinners out have you feeling a little beach-shy, Elyse recommends looking up the restaurant you’re going to beforehand, so you can make healthier choices. “I really hate getting put on the spot with what I’m going to eat, and then I make the wrong decision and screw it up,” she says. “Research the menu and find what you could eat [ahead of time].” Drinks-wise, pass on a second G&T and try Elyse’s “fancy water” recipe: icy H2O with fresh ginger, lemongrass and mint leaves. “It’s nice and tasty, and when [everyone else is] drinking [alcohol] you can trick people,” she laughs. Give it a crack.
TAP INTO CONFIDENCE
Swimwear photoshoots in front of a 50-strong crew are part of Elyse’s daily grind, so she knows a thing or two about confidence. It’s all to do with having positivity around you. “There’s no point surrounding yourself with people who make you feel like you’re being judged,” she says. “Find a core group of friends, support one another and embrace each other’s differences. Then you can all hit the beach together and just love who you are.” Sounds like the perfect summer day to us.
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