Sum­mer body blitz

Our fave down-to-earth beach babe El­yse Knowles re­veals her top tips for get­ting bikini ready

Women's Health Australia - - CONTENTS - By Clare Bax­ter

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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