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It is coming up to summer, which means that many people are hitting the gym and worrying about making their body ‘beach ready.’ There is an incredible amount of pressure on people to look their best at this time of year, and for many people, this can be a time of much, much self loathing.At Noogleberry we are keen to promote positive body images and remind people that you look amazing, no matter what. There is a good way and a bad way to work towards your ideal body, and today we are going to highlight some of the best ways that you can get your dream summer body.
Before you have set your mind to dieting or engaging in a heavy exercise routine to get your body looking the way you want it, you should first decide what your goals are for the routine, and how much you realistically want to do to get there. It is easy to say that you want to shed the pounds before the summer, but if you do not have the stamina, commitment or time to stick to your routine, then this can lead to feelings of failure and self resentment.It is also a bad idea to compare your body targets to someone else, or to change your lifestyle to please someone else. At the end of the day, body confidence is all about you feeling happy with your body, and the way you get there is just as important.
Speak to many people about why they stopped their diet or exercise routine and they will most likely tell you that they missed a few days and then stopped altogether. It takes time and commitment to create a new habit, and by setting goals and monitoring your progress you can help to make it more fun and heighten your commitment.Try to set simple but achievable goals and give yourself time to feel accomplished when you achieve them. If you want to be able to run 5km in one go but haven’t done regular exercise in a while, make your target to run 1km and then keep increasing it as your level of fitness grows.
Getting healthy starts at the fridge. Regular exercise and setting targets on their own are not enough if you do not have a healthy, well balanced diet. Common problems people experience with their health routines include suffering from either eating too much unhealthy food, not eating enough food, and eating the wrong foods for their diet, slowing their progress dramatically.There are tons of great sites online which will help you with healthy eating, as well as weight loss programmes which can help if you are keen to focus on eating better.
One of the most intimidating aspects of fitness routines is exercise. When you are settled into a routine or trying to find time to hit the gym after work, it can be hard to find the motivation to get up and get moving. For those that do go to the gym for the first time, it can sometimes be quite an intimidating experience. If you are put off with the idea of feeling like everyone is watching and judging your every sit-up then you might want to consider taking lessons with a group or hiring a personal trainer. This is a great way of getting involved in the gym with guidance to help you ease over your uncertainties.If you decide the gym isn't for you, then there are lots of great ways that you can change your day to day routine to get out the house and get active. Walk to the shops, go on weekend bike rides, or go for dancing lessons! If you are passionate and enjoy a form of exercise then it will make it that much easier to keep doing it long term.
If there is one positive to come from the fact that there is tremendous pressure to look like your best during the summer, it is that the pressure extends to many people around you. Instead of suffering in silence, get a bunch of friends together and get active together. This will really help make exercise more enjoyable, and you will have people around to make you feel better about your body and your efforts.
There are always plenty of advantages to living a healthier lifestyle. It can make you feel happier, less tired, enjoy new experiences, and it can make you feel more confident about your body. Whether you are planning to go heavy at the gym or just want to eat a little healthier, make sure you do it sensibly - and good luck from us!