The perky energy bunnies at Pilates@Casterbridge drum into their suffering clients that “beach bodies begin in winter” which, while I’m completing my 6th roll up and fantasizing about coffee and breakfast, is NOT encouraging. But it appears the gals are right. Summer bodies are made in Spring, according to the health and fitness gurus on Google. Drat!
Spring in the Slowveld begins somewhere around…autumn, actually. It certainly did this year – did you notice daily temps in the high 20’s and early 30’s, in July? So we really have no excuse to not put down the warming carbs and get out and active.
The biggest hurdle is being in the mental space for this. Digging the skinny real you out of the winter warmth suit quails the brain. Sweat, breathlessness, sore muscles, yummy food and wine deprivation are for prisoners of war, not me.
Except I am a prisoner, of my winter blub. So some psychology is needed. Here are some tips to help:
- What are your summer plans? Visualising you enjoying them to the max is a real pick-me-up and driver.
- Lose the winter blues and fill the space with encouraging thoughts. Social media is swamped with motivational, positive memes. Save them and read a bunch every morning before you hop out of bed.
Then, of course, it’s all down to deprivation and a bit of sweat. Walk, cycle, run, gym, tennis – pick your exercise poison but up your activity. As for not enjoying the good stuff, cut down rather than out. A little bit of what you fancy stops the raving munchies, especially if mentally you KNOW where you want your body to be come high summer.
- Remove/reduce added sugar. It’s really not good for you.
- Say no to pizza, pasta and bread. Save them for next winter.
- Limit your dairy intake.
- Fruit (and horrors, dried fruit) is a sugar warehouse. A handful of berries in a cup of full cream yoghurt sprinkled with chia seeds makes for a breakfast treat. Note – treat. Not a daily guzzle.
- Make wine a treat every second day. Embrace water. Sparkly, still, slices of lemon or lime, ice, a sprig of mint. Enjoy it in a beautiful wine glass and make an event of it. Water isn’t boring punishment, it’s life!