Many people, particularly men, tend to use the winter as the perfect time of year to eat a little more, lift heavier weights, bulk up their muscle mass and generally skip the cardio. Unless you’re heading on a winter holiday to catch some last-minute sunshine, then you’re not going to be parading around in swim shorts to show off your body anyway, right? However, there are a number of ways that you can continue to keep your beach body throughout the winter months, helping to keep you lean all-year round. Here, we’re taking a look at some top tips that you can use to ensure that you stay in shape this winter!
Circuit training is a really effective way to stay in shape throughout the winter, as it combines strength and weight training with bursts of cardio. These high-intensity workouts can help you to maximise your time by being able to lift and continue with the ever-hated cardio workouts, all at once. Due to the fact circuit training is so intense, you find that you’ll end up burning calories once the workout has finished too!
Water, Water & More Water
Water is important for any diet, but it is especially important if you want to keep your weight in check. Staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water can help to ensure that you don’t suffer from hunger pangs throughout the day. Studies have shown that water can be extremely effective for those who are looking to drop weight (alongside other exercise and diet plans), therefore meaning it is imperative for keeping your body in shape throughout the winter months.
Don’t Eat Carbs After 6pm
This is actually a very common misconception. The entire point of not eating carbohydrates after 6pm is due to the fact that if the carbs are not used up in the form of energy, they will end up storing fat in your body – which nobody wants. However, you don’t have to avoid ALL carbs in the evening – just refined carbohydrates, excess sugars and heavy carbs like potatoes. Keeping evening foods light, and full of protein and vegetables is the best way to ensure your beach body stays in tact throughout winter.
Stick To A Diet
With Christmas in the air, everybody gets to a point where they feel like they should have a little treat. There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself once in a while, but make sure that you don’t overdo it over the winter months. It’s easy to gorge ourselves on refined carbs like white bread, and indulge ourselves in too many complex carbohydrates like potatoes, particularly on Christmas Day. Make sure that you stick to a particular kind of diet, or food plan, to ensure that you don’t end up losing your beach body at the last hurdle. That doesn’t mean that you have to cut out certain foods altogether though. If you’re planning a high intensity workout, then carbohydrates are imperative for performance when partaking in exercise. If your workout isn’t very intense however, then you may want to stick to vegetables to ensure you don’t suffer with swings in blood pressure. Plan your food intake around your workouts to ensure that you are maximizing the efficiency of what you’re eating.
Keeping your beach body throughout winter is easier than ever with our quick and simple tips. There are plenty of ways that you can stay in shape throughout the Christmas period, even with the temptation of sweet treats. Stay lean this winter, and don your swim shorts from Thomas Royall in the summer with pride.