Five unconventional tips for getting your body ‘summer ready’

Fitness starts with loving yourself says

Spring has arrived and it is time to shed those winter kilos and get that beach body ready again.

The Courier spoke with health and fitness trainer Keegan Marsden, who makes his wards sweat it out at Bob’s Bootcamp, for tips on getting ready for summer.

“There are plent of cliché tips I could give you as a fitness trainer – I could say eat properly or exercise at least three to five times a week, however we have heard it all before,” Marsden said.

“We know our diets are important. We know that exercising is not only good for your outward appearance but very good for your health. So let me share with you what you might not have heard in desperate google searches for your perfect fitness body.”

Here are five tips for those looking to get back in shape and having a little trouble with motivation.

1. Fitness starts with loving yourself

If you come in with the wrong motives and wrong ideas of yourself, the chances are you will give up, get over it or even become addicted to exercise to the point of an unhealthy regimen of training.

What starts out as “good” eating could also lead to an eating disorder in your desperation to “fix” yourself if you cannot love and accept yourself for who you are.

2. There is such a thing as over exercising

“Trust me – I have been there, it’s no joke,” said Marsden.

“Now do not get me wrong, I eat, sleep and breath exercise – in fact I endorse exercise – but what I do not do is encourage anyone to train to excess!”

Deaths from over exercising are not common, but they do occur. Smithers advised pushing for improvement in your training – not perfection.

Keegan Marsden says people put too much pressure on themselves to get their ‘dream body.’

3. Comparisons are pointless

Setting a goal for yourself is good but it needs to be realistic.

“We need to set goals that encourage, not discourage us!”

Smithers said many people have an idea of their dream body and wish they could look like that, ending up hating themselves when they do not get it.

“Rather start one step at a time and remember we are already awesome, we can only improve.”

4. Exercise decreases stress levels and combats depression

This may be something you have heard before but exercise is one of the best ways to fight depression and stress.

“Improved self-esteem is a key psychological benefit of regular physical activity. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.”

5. The more you want it, the harder you will work for it!

“The harder you work for it, the better results you get – the more results you get, the more you will want it!”

Some of the ladies getting into shape with innovative and fun exercises at Bob’s Bootcamp.

As a parting bit of advice, Marsden urged people not to skip meals to try to lose weight.

“Skipping meals slows your metabolism down, meaning you are not burning calories like you should. Your body thinks that you are starving so when you eat again, it stores away more than usual – resulting in more fat.”

“So do not tell yourself it is impossible – get motivated, get active and get the body you deserve!”

If you would like to join Bob’s Bootcamp, call Keegan at 061 423 5643 or email him at keegan@bobsbootcamp.co.za.

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Allan Troskie
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