Three really great and easy ways to shape up for summer
HOW did you get on with our Summer20 Challenge last week? I asked you to be extra-vigilant about how much refined carbs you were consuming in everyday food. So many people join our programme following years and years of overeating and while the Slimpod really helps with this, sometimes we can help give it a little nudge in the right direction!
I know a lot of people in Slimpod Club have been embracing the challenge and doing really well!
Kate: I’ve had healthy meals every day and cut right down on cakes and biscuits.
Sara: I’ve been leaving food on my plate and not wanted any biscuits at all!
Amanda: Really not interested in sweet foods, and best of all I feel normal.
Anita: I’m loving it!
So, look back at what you’ve achieved and congratulate yourself because your brain’s reward centre will get a buzz from your results and it will make you feel really good.
This week we’re moving on slightly. It’s important to continue listening to your pods and being mindful about what’s going in your mouth, and now we’ll add some regular exercise to the mix. Here we go:
ONE: Set yourself a daily exercise goal – a distance to walk or run or a number of strength exercises to achieve.
TWO: If you’re at a desk all day, set an alarm on your phone every 50 minutes to remind you to get up and walk for 10 minutes.
THREE: Get your heart rate up regularly – walking or running up stairs is great for that. Or take part in a YouTube exercise video.
Remember, you don’t have to be somewhere special or be in special clothes to do exercise.
Here’s an inspiring video that Slimpodder Caroline Lockie sent me during last summer’s challenge:
And here’s a video I shot this afternoon when I was exercising on our patio with my daughter and our “personal trainer” (he’s her boyfriend actually – bit of a Joe Wicks!)
Remember, as I said you don’t have to put the Lycra on to get in shape. Just being busy about the house and the garden – or playing with the kids or the grandkids in the park – is great for working your body.
It’s called NEAT – and that stands for Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. In simple terms it means burning off energy by doing everyday things in a lively way.
My final advice: Be accountable! There’s an accountability thread in Slimpod Club or you can post comments daily on this blog to share your progress – simply search #summer20
Remember our Slimpod motto: All movement is exercise and consistency is king!
TONIGHT I’ll be live on our main ThinkingSlimmer Facebook page at 7.30pm UK time so make sure you join me.
And comment below please and let me have your favourite win from the past seven days!