Have your summer goals gone out the window? These tips will save the day and get you reaching your fitness goals in no time!
So you’re heading home from uni, where you’ll have no more sports clubs, no more sweaty nights out to work off the carbs and you’ll be inundated with hearty, homecooked meals. The obvious solution is to get a gym membership and be trained up to scratch by a sexy PT, but we’re not the cast of Made in Chelsea and everything must squeeze into the summer budget… and we must squeeze into daisy dukes.
Here are some tips to keep your purse strings tied and feel good inside...
1. Go to an outdoor gym
A surprising amount of (completely FREE!) outdoor gyms have popped up across Britain, with hundreds in London and plenty in most big cities. Have a quick look on google, find yourself a spot nearby and prepare to look somewhat insane and sweaty in public.
2. Do YouTube work-outs
Many complain about millennials and their internet addiction but use it to your advantage! YouTube has a plethora of work out vids, ranging from Legs Bums and Tums, to relaxing Yoga for Complete Beginners. Maybe even do them in the garden and enjoy the British summer weather; the pouring rain will refresh you.
3. Go on a run
It can be hard to find the motivation to go for a run at the best of times, let alone when you’re in a post-exams lull. Why not try getting some friends together and chasing each other around your local area. You can encourage one another!
4. Start cycling
Find a way to enjoy exercise and mix it up! Cycling is so underrated, and you’ve probably forgotten how to ride a bike… But learn again! It can be a great way to see your local area and it also cuts down on air pollution if you start replacing short car trips with cycling.
5. Take part in a challenge
A good way to stay motivated is to set goals, look into runs/ cycle rides /Tough Mudder-style challenges in your area at the end of summer and sign up. Lots of them are free, or very cheap, so give yourself an end goal and get training.
6. Get a job
It can be tempting to sit on your bum all day and watch TV as a treat following months of exam stress, but that can’t be a long-term plan. Working as a waitress or retail assistant, or anything where you’re on your feet all day can be a great way to stay in shape - plus, you get the added bonus of being paid!
7. become a dog-walker
Offer to walk dogs in the area, you get money, you’re active, you get to play with puppies. What more could you ask for? Try advertising in the local paper or on a community Facebook page.
8. Eat healthily
Unfortunately, if you’re really committed, you may also have to cut back on the fish and chips and Vienettas. Make sure you stay hydrated, maybe even invest in a Love Island water bottle to make sure you get your litres in. Offer up some new recipes to the family and get everyone feeling fitter, cookbooks like Joe Wick’s ‘Lean in 15’ and Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘Goop’ have recipes available online so you don’t have to dish out for the hardback.
9. Join a sports club
Have a look into local summer sports leagues, such as hockey, rugby or football. They are usually begging for players and cost hardly anything. Don’t be afraid to pop along to a training session.
10. Look out for events in your area
Browse Facebook for local events, loads of parks and recreation centres run free trials or introduction sessions for classes like Zumba, Yoga or Tai Chi. Get involved where you can and don’t be afraid to try something new.
I hope these tips keep you feeling tip top over summer and ready to conquer the year ahead… Good luck!