May 4, 2012

Shaping up for the summer



Summer’s nearly here and what better time to start that new health-kick that you’ve been putting off since the New Year?
Getting healthy doesn’t mean fad diets, living off miniscule portions of food or gruelling gym sessions. Making a few healthy changes to your diet and getting out and about will make you look and feel great in no time at all.
Working 9-5 can often make us feel sluggish and tired, particularly after the dark and dreary winter months. Sitting in an airless office for most of the week can be draining, so make sure you incorporate some activity into your working day in any way you can. Get off the bus a couple of stops early and walk the rest of the way, leave your desk for a quick stroll, take your lunch to the local park and drink plenty of water to keep your energy levels up.  
Use your weekends wisely – don’t waste them slumped on the coach in front of the TV! If you like running, make the most of the warmer weather by testing your stamina around the local park. If running is not your thing, a brisk walk is also a great way to keep fit and treat your lungs to some much-needed fresh air. Make sure you invest in some practical shoes - Timberland have a great range of boots that will help you stay on trend as you shape up.
If you need some motivation, enlist your friend, partner or even work colleague to join you on your workouts. Getting healthy with the person you live with is also a great way to make sure you keep on track, especially when it comes to eating well.
Remember to stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables to get your all-important five-a-day; summer brings loads of variety to the shelves so you should never get bored! Eat lean meats such as turkey to maintain the high protein levels needed to complement a new exercise routine. Brown pasta, rice and bread will keep your energy levels higher for longer, making you less likely to snack in between meals.
Giving up chocolate and alcohol entirely can be an impossible task, so try to limit them to the weekend instead to watch the weight drop off. Moderation is the key to keeping healthy – your body will thank you for it!