Want a body that turns heads, stops traffic, and generates a billion double taps on Instagram? It’s not as effortless as some of those social media Aphrodite’s and Adonis’es make it out to be. Oftentimes it could feel like the ascent of Sisyphus. You roll and roll that boulder up the hill and just when it feels like you’ve reached the apex, you stumble on some damnable pebble and you come crashing back down, pride-first. It ain’t easy being fleeky, but it’s ain’t impossible either. Here are some quick and dirty tips on how to achieve that alpha summer-bod, from some of the Middle East’s most admired fitness and sports pro’s.
Personal Trainer & Fashion Designer
BodyHack #1 Summer’s the perfect time to jump in the water! Do laps in the pool if know how to swim. If you don’t, now is the perfect time to learn. If you’re more of an outdoorsy kind of person, try surfing or any beach activity. When you engage your body in any of these activities, you burn more calories as compared to doing aerobic exercises on land due to water resistance on every movement.
BodyHack #2 Do lots of leg exercises – squats, calf raises, etc. This goes for both guys and girls out there. Summer is board shorts and bikini season so this is the season where you show them off more than ever. A common mistake people do during their summer prep is that they focus all their time on their upper body. Your body won’t look good and function well if it is not well-proportioned.
BodyHack #3 Diet. Try hard to fight the temptation of going for ice cream or halo-halo every now and then when it’s 40 degrees Celsius outside. Go for frozen yogurt instead. You can also do home made fresh fruit yogurt treats simply by freezing your favorite fruits in the freezer like bananas, apples, berries and etc.
BodyHack #4 Be active. Get into a sport that you will enjoy. For me, I started doing triathlons 5 years ago and enjoyed it so much that I’ve been training 6 times a week.
BodyHack #5 Hydrate. With the training that I do plus living in a place where it’s extremely humid during most days of the year, I drink a lot of fluids. Being well-hydrated helps my metabolism and prevents fat deposits.
BodyHack #6 Get enough rest. I’ve tried over-training and I would either get injured or sick. When that happens, it becomes harder to get back into my exercise routine. I also tend to overeat because my metabolism slows down. So now I see to it that I get enough rest at night and during my days off.
RICA RODRIGUES & DIVINE MASINSIN
Group Exercise Manager and Senior Pilates Instructor
BodyHack #7 When at the gym, go for high reps and crank up the weights while you’re at it. Aim for 2-3 sets of 20-25 repetitions for every muscle group.
BodyHack #8 In the kitchen, chew it instead of drinking it. Many think that smoothies and fresh juices are the best options to go for. Just think, 5 oranges = 1 glass of juice. You won’t get to eat 5 oranges! Try keeping sodium intake on a low as well.
BodyHack #9 We repair and build muscles when we sleep. Getting enough rest (7-8 hours) will not only leave you feeling fresh and energetic, it will also reduce the amount of cortisol (a stress hormone that contributes to fat storage) in your body.
Fitness Professional and Gym Manager
BodyHack #10 Eat 4 to 5 small meals a day to boost your metabolism, skipping breakfast and then having a big lunch and dinner is the worst eating habit that most people have.
BodyHack #11 Stock on healthy food at home. If you are hungry, it’s most likely that you will pick up that bag of chips. But if you have healthier options readily available, then you just brought yourself a step closer again to that 6-pack you’ve been hoping for.
BodyHack #12 Learn to love working out, think of your health and that beautiful figure will follow as a reward. Invest your money in a gym otherwise that money will go to future hospital bills. And sadly, you won’t develop a 6-pack while you are sick.
BodyHack #13 Detoxify and burn fats by drinking water infused with slices of lemon, cucumber and ginger. This is better than drinking sodas and juices with high sugar content. This infused water works like a miracle and can make you lose weight.
BodyHack #14 Weight training doesn’t make us women big! But cupcakes definitely do! Weight training makes muscles more toned not big. So if you want a more defined abs then start lifting weights.
BodyHack #15 Unstable blood sugar levels make us crave sweets. It’s actually not psychological but it is physiological. Most of the time it’s our fault because we got our bodies used to consuming foods like chips, chocolates, or to eating too much heavy carbs, like bread and rice. If we train our body to eat more natural foods, the healthier kind, then our sugar level will be stabilized and the cravings will disappear.