Getting In Shape For Summer

The purpose of this article is to provide you with some tips for getting in shape for summer. Well, this is probably not going to come as a surprise to most of you, but there are no secrets that I can give you to transform your body, other than to say that with consistent dedication and hard work, along with a sensible diet, you can make significant changes to your body over the next few months. There are no magic formulas, diets or supplements that will do it all for you and if you think that, you are sorely mistaken! Now we have clarified that point, let’s get on with the article at hand!

  • Set yourself a long-term goal and a series of short-term goals to get you there.

What I mean by this is, don’t just say to yourself that you “want to get in shape for summer” or “rip up for holiday” What you must do instead to have a much better chance of succeeding is to set yourself quantifiable, concrete goals within a defined time period, or else you will never get to where you want to be. A much better goal would be to say that you “want to lose a stone over the next 2 months” and then to break this long-term goal down into smaller weekly increments, such as “lose between 1 and a half to 2 pounds a week.”

  • Write these goals down so you don’t forget what you are setting out to achieve.

Also, stick reminders or post-it notes up at home, maybe on the fridge, so that every time you go to eat something, you are constantly reminded of your purpose. Furthermore, once you write something down and commit to it, there somehow seems to be a greater sense of urgency or purpose to what you are doing.

  • Have someone you trust take photos of you.

We’ve all seen the “before” and “after” photos in the magazines. Now it’s time for you to take your own photos so that you can accurately chart your own progress. Make sure that you use a good quality digital camera and that you take the before and after photograph under the same conditions, ie, same location, same lighting conditions and same trunks or shorts. Ask a family member, a spouse or partner or good friend to take the pictures for you.

  • CONSISTENCY in all that you do!

This is, perhaps, the single most important aspect or ingredient of getting the body you desire. It’s no good being super-dedicated to your diet and training schedule one week, and then cheating on your diet and not bothering to go to the gym the next week, or going out and getting drunk on the weekend, finishing the night with a greasy kebab! (Yes, we have all done that at one time or another!) Stop making excuses to yourself that you are “too tired” to go the gym or you “don’t have enough time.” We all have days where we feel a bit lacklustre or tired when you really don’t feel like doing your usual 40 minutes on the cross-trainer or weight lifting session. There is a big difference between this general laziness or apathy.