Summer fitness secrets revealed!
Updated on 01 May 2016

Following a fitness regime during the summer heat and humidity can be challenging. But you don’t have to throw everything away due to lack of motivation. Put the cool factor back into your workout routine with these tips from the pros at Fitness First.

Cooling your body before a workout is a must-do, and drinking lots of cool water before your run or exercise means you can get more out of your workout. Take advantage of longer days and earlier starts. Begin your workouts earlier in the morning, or try doing them a little later at night. Whichever time you choose, create consistency in your schedule so you stick to your routine, no matter what!

Repeating the same set of exercises can get dull and monotonous, so add variety by trying different exercises that engage all parts of the body to help maintain your interest. A good workout for both men and women is to start with a jog for 20 minutes on an empty stomach. This helps to set the momentum in terms of cardio, and increases your metabolism. Next, challenge your body to a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) consisting of dead-lift into row, plank to push-ups and battle rope. Push yourself further with squats, biceps curls into overhead press, burpees and abs. If you really are serious about your fitness goals, it helps to commit to a training plan and this kind of program will keep you focused and allow you to set short term goals. And don’t forget to track your progress to assess what’s working and what’s not - MYZONE is the perfect tool. Swimming can also burn calories, and a plunge in a cool blue pool can be very inviting.

It will also help to prepare your food as ’grab and go’ is tempting, but nutrition-deprived. Save yourself the extra calories and pack some yummy granola bars, fruits and nuts in your bag so you’re prepared to fight the urge of the grab and go snacks.

Finally, don’t forget to buddy-up to make your summer fitness workouts more fun. Wear light-coloured, loose and breathable clothing, stay hydrated and listen to your body at all times!

Have fun working out this summer!

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