Summer bodies are made in winter
The southern hemisphere is wrapped in a chilly winter, and your cold comfort might be snuggling up in front of your television every night, complete with a hearty 3 course meal.
Have you been thinking that you need to get into shape to look hot in that bikini by the distant December holidays?
Now is the time to get off that couch, despite winter, and get moving!
Follow these handy tips to keep you focused during the cold months, in order to reach your goal.
Visualize your goal. Perhaps you have a certain physique in mind. Pin a picture of your ‘perfect body’ or favourite athlete on the fridge door. Every time you want to comfort eat to or want to give up, you’ll be reminded that you have something to work for.
Write it down. You may want to lose a few kilos, or finally make your abs pop. Whatever you goal is, write it down. If it’s not written down, it remains a dream. When you put it down black on white, it will set off a chain of events that will change your life. Imagine yourself on the beach without the wobbly bits. Set a few smaller goals to achieve in order to finally have the ultimate reward. For instance, lose 3 kgs by the end of the month. Lose another 3 by next month. This way you’ll stay motivated.
Keep reminders everywhere to help you remember why you are on this journey. Sticky notes on the mirror works for many people.
Keep track of your progress. Take your measurements. It can be your skinfold measurements, girth measurements like chest, waist, hips, legs and booty. If you can’t do this yourself, get someone who’s knowledgeable to help you. Weigh yourself at the start of your journey, and keep track of your weight on a weekly basis. Take progress pictures once a month, and compare them by making a collage. There are very nice phone apps that can help you put a few pictures together. Seeing the changes in your body will keep you driving toward your end goals.
Hire help or find a workout buddy. Training with a partner or trainer will keep you accountable and motivated, and they can help you push past what you perceive to be your limits.
Have fun. If you don’t like the type of training you’re doing, you may give up before you even get started. Find out what makes you tick, and work through a program that best suits your needs and preferences.
Lastly, the toughest lift of all is your butt off that couch, and you don’t need a Monday for a fresh beginning. Start today and you will thank yourself in three months’ time.
By Letitia Kleynhans