Summer is coming around quickly gentlemen, so if you’re planning on getting fit then now is the time to do it. There’s no use procrastinating with the mindset that you have plenty of time left. If you don’t want to feel embarrassed taking your shirt off on the beach, then you better put in the effort now. The trouble for a lot of people though is squeezing in exercise time during the day, but with this host of handy tips that will be a thing of the past. Here are 10 steps to getting in shape for the summer which only take 15 minutes a day…
1. OFFSET PRESS UPS
Because regular press ups are for squares. Offset press ups will obviously work on your shoulders and arms, but with one arm tucked in you’ll be toning up more specifically your tricep muscle. Do four sets of ten press ups, taking no more than ten minutes.
One of the less rigorous exercises of the bunch, squats will boost both your legs muscles as well as your core strength. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and keep your back straight, gentlemen.
3. LEG CROSS-OVERS
Another one that will make you sweat, leg cross-overs are a real fat-burner. Start in the press up position, with your hands wide and drive your right leg up to your left hand. Now do the opposite in quick, successive motion and repeat for 60 seconds. Now collapse.
High intensity workouts burn fat fast, and doing them daily is a surefire way to get a beach-ready body. Burpees are just that and even if you do just a couple of sets a day, you’re bound to start seeing results fast.
5. THE PLANK
Ask most people what they want for summer, and many will answer with a six-pack. This is achieved through dieting but also through exercising your middle section. One of the best forms of six-pack growth is the plank, which is achieved through resting on your elbows, sucking in your stomach and keeping your back straight.
6. GO FOR A RUN A DAY
It’s a well known fact that running is one of the best form of exercises. Doing a short run every single day will keep you trim as well as happy, as exercising accelerates the production of endorphins.
7. REDUCE TIME SPENT SITTING
Try to reduce the amount of time spent sitting, either at home or at your office desk. Whilst at work, try to stand up and move at least every three hours, as this burns more calories and keeps you active in some form or another.
8. ALWAYS EAT BREAKFAST
Breakfast sets you up for the day, giving you the essential energy you need to keep going.
9. REDUCE YOUR SUGAR INTAKE
Don’t try to completely remove something from your diet. This will shock the body and you’ll find it incredible difficult and depressing as a result. Instead, try to reduce something like sugar intake, by around 25%, which is manageable and beneficial to your body.
10. REMOVE FAST FOOD FROM YOUR DIET
Yes they taste good, but fast, fatty foods are disastrous for your fitness regime.