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Three ways to get fit this summer – without setting foot in a gym!

The sunnier climate brings with it many delightful things, the smell of freshly cut fields, the chance to dust off our maxi dresses, deck shoes and tailored shorts… but also a bigger focus on getting fit. With more opportunity to be outside in the balmier months, getting fitter doesn’t have to mean hours in the air conditioned, strip-lit gym, which most of us can’t find time for. It’s much easier to make a few lifestyle changes or tweaks to our daily routine, designed to help you to get fitter and feel fabulous.

Step into summer

Investing in a device that will help you gauge how your regular routine compares on the step scale, will encourage you to make tiny tweaks that could really help kick start a new fitness focus. Once you know your average step number, set yourself increased targets to improve your score and increase it weekly to keep pushing yourself. Perhaps encourage a friend to join you and indulge in some light-hearted competition regarding your daily targets – who can amass the greatest number by the end of the week?! By focusing on being active you’ll slowly find yourself forging the car for those small journey’s to the shops, walking up the escalators and encouraging your other half to join you on a romantic evening stroll to notch up a few more steps

Team work makes the dream work

Solitary sport or gym going can make keeping fit hard to sustain, so instead ignite your sense of competition and join a local sports team. Tap into times gone by when you were the school netball star or the budding Beckham and embrace your former sporting glory years. Sports make working-out fun, plus there’s also the chance to meet new people (and have an excuse for a post-game social!) Sport is also a great way to relive stress after a hard day and to keep yourself away from work emails – plus the skills you use being part of a team can help you in your day-to-day life too – communication, learning to take feedback, strategy, focus, being goals orientated and team management – win win

Home gym

Gym memberships are costly and often end up as a recurring debit that you don’t feel the benefit of. Luckily by re-thinking about how you use your home furniture, you can turn your home into a series of workout stations. Sofas and footstools provide the perfect partner to undertake a series of body conditioning exercises. For your arms, tricep dips are a great way to prevent ‘bingo wings’, sit on the edge of the sofa or footstool with hands just outside of your hips, fingers forward. Lift your body up and walk your feet out until your knees are directly above your heels. Bend your elbows about 90 degrees, lowering your hips towards the floor. Press your body up, extending your elbows. Try up to 3 sets of 10 reps. Keep your back close and parallel to the couch during the entire movement — don’t let your hips move away. You can also use your sofa to pump up your push-ups. Try decline push-ups (with hands on couch, feet on the floor) to make them a little easier, or add an extra challenge with an incline (feet on couch, hands on the floor).


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