By Tiffiny Hall
The secret to a summer body is starting in winter. Healthy weight loss and long term results don’t happen overnight or in a week.
So, give yourself a head start and try these six tips to help you achieve the ultimate summer body by making winter your time to shine. Here’s how:
We all have a BFF, but now it’s time to find a BFFF; a workout wing-person, a fitness buddy, a cheer squad. Working in pairs or teams improves motivation and commitment, and is genuinely a whole lot more fun.
Together you can cheer each other on, push yourselves harder and do exercises which require a team mate, like medicine ball sit ups. You can also carpool so when you hear the honk of the car, there’s no hiding under the covers.
Don’t worry about shrinking your jean size, focus on shrinking your workout duration if you’re struggling to find a time. After all, any exercise is better than no exercise and it doesn’t take that long to get your heart pumping.
Did you know four minutes of exercise is proven to boost your mood and trigger a metabolic response? That’s why I’ve designed five-minute TIFFXO workouts to get us through winter.
I also believe variety is key to success which makes my 20-second workouts so fun and convenient. Simply pick four of your favourite exercises, set a timer and do each exercise for 20 seconds with a 10-second rest, then repeat. This effective four-minute workout will get your heart rate up and can be done while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil.
My Mum always taught me, “Fail to plan, then you will plan to fail.” It may sound silly but it’s true. So, make a plan to show winter who’s boss and set yourself up for success. Use today to contact an expert trainer or join a program – because that’s often the hardest part.
For best long term results you want a program that includes a healthy (and delicious) meal plan, a fun exercise regime and of course mindset training (we have to look after our well-being, too).
I always say to my Ninjas on TIFFXO, don’t even worry about it, just leave all the planning to me. This way getting fit and healthy doesn’t feel like a chore and you can concentrate on all the fun!
Let’s say it’s raining and it’s too cold to go outside – no worries! You don’t even need to leave the house to get fit. Set your alarm 20 minutes early and do a mini workout at home. You can do push ups, sit ups, squats and lunges. Use a chair or a coffee table for dips, and cans of soup as weights.
The best part is you can do it all in your PJs and play your favourite music.
I recommend you still try and get active outdoors on those rain-free days; take the dog for an extended walk, do some stretching in the park and enjoy the fresh air and Vitamin D.
It’s so important to reward yourself after a cold rainy week of working out. But we’re probably used to food rewards which can undo all our hard work. Try a well-being or beauty reward instead such as a facial, a movie night with a girlfriend, a scented bath by candle light or a manicure – my Ninjas at TIFFXO love painting their nails.
Use winter to discover and try something brand new. And don’t let the winter rut stop you. You’ll feel so happy and proud of your efforts if you started your transformation before summer arrives, trust me.
If you love running but it’s too wet, try HiiT training. If you’re a swimmer but it’s too cold for a dip, why not try a martial art? Or if you’re just a bit over the gym, you can suspend your membership and try an online training program like mine; tiffxo.com.
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