BEST BODY FORWARD
PETE GERACIMO, FITNESS SPECIALIST AND MOVEMENT COACH @KX GYM AND @THE BACKSPACE
Follow these 9 tips to achieve your perfect beach body in time for summer
Whether you go to the gym, train outside or at home, you need to stress your body in order to stimulate change. You can get effective workouts by lifting weights or by using your bodyweight only. Three to four sessions a week will help build lean muscle and lead to increased fat burning potential.
To kick-start the fat burning process, incorporate some high intensity, short duration interval training. You only need 15 to 30 minutes! Your body will continue burning fat well after you stop training. Examples of this are HIIT or Tabata sessions.
Keeping your body mobile and flexible is just as important as keeping it strong. This prevents injury, relieves stress and improves posture as well as blood flow to muscles and joints. It also means that next time you run along the beach you will look more fluid in your stride.
Your diet should consist of whole, unprocessed foods which still have the full nutritional content intact and are not packed with additives or preservatives. Avoid products labeled low fat or non-fat as they contain more chemicals. The cleaner you eat, the quicker you’ll be beach ready.
Much as we like the sweeter things in life, we need to limit the amount of sugar we consume. Cut out refined
sugars as much as possible. Sugar supresses our immune system, promotes inflammation and raises insulin levels. It leads to a fat belly and cravings for sugary food.
Drinking freshly made green juice is like receiving an intravenous infusion of vitamins, minerals and enzymes because they go straight into your system without having to be broken down. Green juices promote weight loss, boost your immune system, increase your energy and support brain health. It’s the perfect drink for first thing in the morning.
It is vital to ensure you are properly hydrated. This promotes weight loss, increases energy, flushes out toxins, improves skin complexion and boosts the immune system to name just a few benefits. Aim to drink two litres of water a day.
MAKE LIFESTYLE TWEAKS
Take a look at your daily routine and see where you can make lifestyle changes that will increase your fat burning potential. Take the stairs instead of the lift. Walk or cycle instead of using the car. Take a walk after a meal. The more active you are in daily life the closer you are to having your ideal body.
A partner in crime will help keep you motivated and share the experience with you. If none of your friends share your enthusiasm, hire a personal trainer to put you through your paces.