Rainy day ramble: Keep fit through the English summer

[Caz Ataman | Contributing Writer]

Weight loss and rain. Not a good mix. If you are like me or really any sane person you are probably huddled up under a blanket or duvet with some chocolate, (or your preferred treat of choice) enjoying a good movie and/or the latest season of your fave TV show.

Who can blame you! With English summers rivalling that of the monsoon season in Arizona, ‘Duvet Days’ are now a staple in any young person’s year. However, as we girls know all too well, chocolate doesn’t bode well for our bikini bodies let alone the dreaded scales. So what to do when you whole body is craving comfort food and bed covers?

In times like these I like to remember two things: The first is a fitness inspiration quote I was once sent which states quite simply:

“No matter how slow you are going, you are still lapping the person on the Sofa.”

Now I am the first to admit that the thought of leaving the safety and ‘snug’ warmth of my blanket cocoon, is often far to painful to imagine. Furthermore, in no way am I saying to ‘Carpe diem’ your way to chucking on your runners while it’s chucking it down. What I am saying however is to seize the moment, or rather those few never ending moments when the latest….cat video or Epic fail compilation buffers into existence on YouTube. When that all too familiar spiralling circle takes up the centre of our screen, denying you, for the time being at least, your next few aimless moments of procrastination and entertainment. JUMP UP! Yes right now!

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Use those few seconds of boredom to your advantage. Instead of screaming unanswered profanities at your screen, jump off the sofa and make it count e.g. do 10 squats or hold a plank for 30 seconds. Challenge yourself or your friends to see how many an/or what you can do before you retreat to your technological nest. You never know you might even enjoy it.  If you don’t want to do it alone tweet about it, share the experience through Instagram or other social media and, maybe you’ll inspire others to join you in an (English) Summer Slim down.

As I come to the end of this section of my piece I realise that I have neglected to tell you the second thing I like to ponder on days like this….  So here it is… The Tesco Tagline:

‘Every little helps’

Yes I know very cheesy, but the simplest things usually are. Leaving aside the blatant cheese, it is without doubt undeniably true. So no matter how long you begin to spend away from your screen whether it’s 30 seconds or 1 minute….. You have to start somewhere.

I should also mention that it is a well-known fact that it takes: 4 weeks for you to see a change in your body, 8 weeks for your friends and family to notice and 12 weeks for the rest of the world. However, do not lose hope and be sure to love yourself every step of the way. As you truly are your own best friend being that the only person with you, LITERALLY every step of the way on your fitness journey is You, Yourself and Your Body. This is especially important for us Girls! Next time you stand in front of the mirror stop scrutinizing and just SMILE for no other reason than….. DAMN GIRL YOU LOOK GOOD!

Speaking of your body, and guys I am talking to you too now, I am not denying how good candy can taste on lazy days such as this, but look for a moment if you will at the big picture and as you do call to mind that old adage ‘A moment on the lips a lifetime on the hips’. Although for a large part, this line has lost its power having been coined by every noteworthy Weight-loss company and their respective sponsored celebrities. It does still hold a great deal of relevancy in a world of instant gratification and pre-prepared satisfaction.

When you next open your fridge or crisp cupboard, stop for a second and listen to that small voice of reason in your head and reach for a piece of fruit or some other healthy snack. When shopping for TV dinners and me time confectionary try choosing the lighter options. Instead. Once again allow me to briefly clarify… I am not telling you to restrict or never to enjoy your favourite nosh I am just saying pace yourself, especially on days when you are stuck inside.

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Slow down and enjoy your food, feeling good that you made the right choice for you and your body. Believe me it makes a difference and when you are struggling just think that your sugary snack sobriety means that in no time you will be strutting your stuff in the high street in your newest outfit or down the beach in that amazing Bikini (or swimming  shorts). Knowing with every step in every fibre of your being that even when there is no sun you still worked at it and now you look STUNNING (or very handsome)!

What are your top tips for looking and feeling good this summer? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @TridentMediaUK!

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Rainy day ramble: Keep fit through the English summer