10 Easy Ways to Tone Up In TWO Months:
We know that you’ll want to look your very best on the big day, so with wedding season here, and honeymoons just around the corner, we’ve compiled our top tips to help you tone up – fast!
Don’t believe it when people say that snacking is bad for you – eating the right food with a good balance of nutrients can actually benefit your health. Fruit is a good idea if you’re having sweet cravings, and including fibre will promote good digestion, while protein in your diet will help muscle growth and boost metabolism.
We recommend snacking on unsalted nuts, kale chips, avocado and grapefruit, which can help keep blood sugar in check and even help you to burn off calories quicker!
High-intensity interval training (or HIIT) is a great way of boosting your fitness. We love that you can also easily squeeze workouts into a busy schedule – just 15 minutes of HIIT can actually improve your fitness more than an hour jogging on a treadmill. Your body will also keep burning calories 24 hours after your workout, too! It’s win-win!
We’re sure you’ve heard about the various squat and plank challenges available out there to tackle, and they’re popular with good reason. Simple exercises such as these can seriously tone you up in no time! Squats are simple to master and not only tone and firm your thighs, but can also promote and improve muscle growth and strength throughout the body.
Similarly, performing the plank exercise can help improve your posture by activating core muscles. Try this and we know you’ll look fabulous when you’re posing for snaps on your big day.
It goes without saying that you need to drink water. Everyone knows that we’re supposed to have eight glasses a day to keep the body functioning at its best, but drinking water can also help you feel full too. So whenever you feel a craving coming along, check if you’ve had enough to drink and if you’re at work, take this as a great excuse to stretch your legs and wander to the kitchen!
If you can’t face eight glasses of the plain stuff, why not try coconut water or aloe vera juice instead? These are great hydrators, are low calorie, and can even help with weight loss – just avoid any with added sugar.
We all have days when exercise is the last thing we want to be doing, so make sure you find ways to motivate yourself. Write down the reasons you exercise and read them back to yourself.
If you really can’t face breaking a sweat with cardio, why not have a ‘rest day’ and opt for low-intensity activity like yoga or pilates? You probably won’t feel like you’re working out but these exercises are so good for you and can improve strength, flexibility, and also your mood! Mixing up your routine will not only stop you getting bored, but your body will also respond quicker to the changes, meaning you’ll get much faster results.
Some foods can cause bloating, which has a direct impact on the way you look. Choose high-fibre foods rich in potassium and low in salt, such as salmon, brown rice, rye bread and whole grain oats to up fat burning and keep you looking trim. If you’re serious about losing weight, then it’s important to cut your alcohol consumption as well, as booze is packed with sugars.
Cut the cravings
Are you really hungry, or are you just reaching for a snack because you’re bored? Most people mistake other symptoms (such as thirst) for signs of hunger, which can lead to needless weight gain.
Mindful eating can help you keep the munchies at bay. Make sure you savour your meals – eat slowly and avoid distractions like the TV. This will all help your body become aware of the motions and your brain will know when it’s time to stop! Eating regular meals and snacking at the same time each day can also help control cravings.
Choosing activities that you enjoy will boost your mood and make you more motivated and excited about exercise. Why not join a dance class inspired by your fave celeb, or take a pole workout with your bridesmaids? Check out the choice of bootcamp weekend and healthy hen party packages available across the country, too! Make sure you visit ukgirlthing.co.uk for a range of great ideas.
There are so many great apps out there to help you stay on track. We love Calorie Counter, £3.99 a month, which helps you to keep track of your intake with daily limits based on your weight loss target. Make sure you also check out Instagram – whether you’re looking for super salad photos to lust over or fitness inspo, you’re sure to find motivation here!
Get some rest
Don’t overwork your body – pushing yourself to the limit with a diet or too much exercise will only cause injury and health problems. Follow a healthy eating plan and make sure you include rest days in to your fitness routine so you don’t overdo it.
It’s also vital to get seven to nine hours of beauty sleep a night. This will help your body get the maximum benefits from a healthy lifestyle and allow you to recover from a workout, while boosting energy, too. On that note, we’re off to catch some zzz…