Regardless of gender, it’s usually always the case that during the winter months we overindulge and put a few pounds on. Then come Spring Time, we start looking forward to the warmer weather, sunbathing on the beach and drinking cool ones in the pubs Beer Garden.

There is one problem though. We don’t want to flash the flesh until we’ve achieved our ideal body beautiful. So, how are you best off doing it? Firstly, look at your own body shape, and stay within the realms of what is achievable. I’m naturally slim, so trying to look like Arnie is simply not an option. However, I could firm up a little bit.

Now, think about what you want out of the list of achievable goals. Bigger arms? Firmer backside? Abs? Each thing you want will rely on different exercise techniques and also different foods. Basically, you want to have a fairly low fat diet that is full of veggies and proteins. Chicken and Eggs are good sources, as is cheese. These help repair the muscle after exercise has broken it down and the Lactic Acid is doing its thing.

Smoothies are good for breakfast if you’re not a breakfast person, and you should also ideally be eating wholemeal bread, not white. If your aim is to simply lose a little weight without gaining muscle mass through exercise like lifting weights and doing squats, simply cut out the fattier foods in your diet and replace them with healthier options.

You don’t have to give up the pizza completely, but limit it to once a week, and for the rest of the week, aim to have salads, fish, grilled meats and plenty of fresh vegetables. You’ll start to notice a difference in a couple of weeks, and as your body will also be better fed, you’ll find yourself with more energy, sleeping better and more alert.

If you are wanting to gain muscle mass, ensure you speak to a member of the Gym team, who will be able to give you the best advice on what you need to do and any supplements they recommend such as Protein Shakes. They may even recommend taking up exercises they don’t offer, such as dance classes, yoga and meditation.

There are hundreds of types of exercise you can get without even thinking about it, and no diet will truly let you sit down all day and deliver results, you do have to hold up your end of the bargain and at least do SOME exercise. It could be walking to work, or getting off the bus a stop early. Doing the Lunch Run for the office is also a good one. Just make sure they pay you!

Cleaning is a sure fire way to burn a few calories, with the average being around 150 calories for an hour’s light cleaning! Do a full deep clean and that will naturally go up. So not only do you have a clean house, you’re burning calories too!


Published by Sara O'Connell

A passionate photographer from Arizona, Sara enjoys art and culture.