Getting Fit For Summer

As winter winds down and that first hint of warm weather hits, many of us have the same reaction. The reality of realising it’s time to ditch the layers and see what’s happened to our bodies in the last few months. Don’t panic! There’s still time to get in shape, not just to look good, but to tackle all those warm weather activities you’ll be doing.

Gym Training

Strength training is a crucial factor in losing fat. Not only does it make your body and bones stronger, it also helps to raise your metabolism so you burn more calories all day long.

Strength training is also important for getting your body ready for summer activities like gardening, swimming, golfing, tennis, hiking, bike riding or any number of things we often don’t do in the winter. If you haven’t been exercising this winter, you set yourself up for injury when you jump into summer sports with little preparation. Even a simple total body workout twice a week can help you get strong, even better is a sports specific program.

The physiotherapists at the East Perth Medical Centre can assist you by designing an appropriate exercise regime, giving advice on your gym program and by educating and supervising you at the appropriate levels for your individual needs.

Cardio

Cardio, like weight training, is crucial for losing fat as well as building endurance and making your heart strong for summertime activities. Choose activities you enjoy and make sure you get your heart rate up. If you are unsure as to an appropriate heart rate, ask your physiotherapist.

Workout Tips

  1. Scheduling your workouts: Treat them like any important appointment.
  2. Keep track of your workouts: Knowing your have to write them down is added motivation.
  3. Find someone to workout with: You’ll be more likely to show up.
  4. Start at your level: Don’t start too hard too early. Ease into exercise and allow your body time to get into shape.
  5. Don’t give up: You may fall off the wagon. If that happens, don’t waste energy kicking yourself. Just get back to your routine and know it happens to all of us.
  6. Do things your enjoy: There’s no reason you have to do activities you hate, so find cardio exercises that are accessible and enjoyable for you.

Physiotherapy

Choose a Perth physiotherapist who can recommend exercises that are designed specifically for you to achieve your desired level of fitness. The more you repeat and become aware of an activity, the easier it becomes. At the East Perth Medical Centre we look at types of exercises/activities, specific workloads, durations of activities/sessions and intensity guidelines and can devise a plan to help you achieve your target fitness level and get your body ready for activity this summer!