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A new body by Christmas? Start now!

With less of our bodies on show, thanks to chunky jumpers, jeans and winter coats, it can be easy to lose the motivation to stay in shape that summer inevitably brings when we are faced with baring all on the beach. However, there is a saying that ‘summer bodies are made in winter’, essentially warning us all not to let ourselves go during the winter months and subsequently create more work for ourselves come spring.

Staying, or getting in, shape come winter can be tough. When the nights draw in and the weather turns bad it can be tempting to turn to comfort food, fire up Netflix and ditch the gym – FIGHT THE URGE!

By spending the next few months ‘resting’ it is all too easy to undo any good work you have done to date and your current level of fitness can slip significantly.

 

The good news is that no matter where you are starting from, whether your body and fitness needs a complete overhaul or you are already working out but not getting the results you want, by working out the right way and putting the right food in your body, you can whip your body into shape in just a matter of weeks.

With Back2Fitness you can reach your body goals in just 12 weeks. Just think about it, by starting now you can have the muscle mass, dimensions and fitness levels of your dreams – all in time for Christmas, and that is something that even Santa can’t deliver.

What’s more, because the programme is all about education, you will be better placed to avoid all those seasonal pitfalls that can be everyone’s downfall at this time of year.

With work nights out, Christmas parties, not to mention the abundance of booze, snacks and chocolate that always seem to be on offer as we approach the festive season, keeping on track can be tough.

However, in reaching your peak and knowing how to sustain it, as well as understanding what your body needs to perform, how to feed cravings and how much to eat to train effectively, it becomes easier to avoid putting into your body those things that won’t do it any favours.

With October almost upon us, there are just 12 weeks until Christmas, so act now and give yourself the best Christmas gift you’ll ever receive – a ripped physique, reduced fat, peak fitness levels and even better-quality sleep and mood.

 

My six tips for staying motivated to work out this winter…

Invest in the right clothing. Heading out to train in the vest and shorts you’ve been wearing all summer is a bad idea, you’ll be freezing by the time you get to the car let alone the gym. Invest in some new training gear that will keep your muscles warm as well as sports clothing to wear to and from the gym on even the chilliest of mornings.

Have a goal in mind. It can be short-term or long-term, but keeping a goal in mind can be a real motivator when it comes to hitting the gym when you really don’t feel like it.

Mix it up. If you’ve been doing the same exercises all year, use the change of season as a great opportunity to mix things up. You could even add in other activity such as a team sport or yoga to give your body a new challenge.

Work out with someone. You might be ok with letting yourself down by missing a training session but letting your mate down too? Not cool. Pairing up with someone can make training more fun and encourages you to go even if you don’t feel like it.

Update your playlist. Rather than listening to the same old workout tunes, create a new playlist with fresh sounds that will get your head in the game.

Make yourself some promises. Whether you are promising yourself a six pack by Christmas, to lose a stone by New Year or simply a hot shower once you’ve worked out, by rewarding yourself for your hard work and progress you can help keep your motivation up.

 

Sam Yassin

With a degree in Sport and Exercise Science and coming from the country’s most elite sporting town, Loughborough, Sam Yassin is an experienced strength and conditioning coach. He is a member of the UKSCA and is currently working towards his full accreditation. Having passed his examination and LTAD (Long-term Athletic Development) case study, he is well on his way to becoming a gold standard S&C coach. Sam has long been involved in the sporting world, having competed in a wide range of sports from a young age, despite being born with bilateral talipes and having had more than 5 lower body surgeries. In his final year of university, he gained valuable insight into what it takes to be part of a professional team as he interned at Leeds United Football Club as a strength and conditioning coach.

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