How to maintain a beach body year-round

Summer travel plans and seasonal heat make staying fit difficult. But personal trainer Craig Heslop says it’s worth making the effort all year round

Sports & Outdoor

It’s so easy to be distracted by the irresistible temptations of summer travel, such as indulging in ‘naughty foods’ and ignoring that inner voice telling you to hit the gym. Even once you’re out of holiday mode it can be hard to settle into the swing of things and it can take far longer to kick-start your healthy routine again. Ironically, the best and least stressful option is to just keep it up over summer – easier said than done. So Craig Heslop, founder of Bahrain’s Tribal Fitness and expert in natural movement shares his tips on staying fit all summer long.

Go on a walkabout

For many of us, the summer is a time of guilt, when we undo the rest of the year’s worth of hard work done in the gym. Then it feels tough to get re-started and the process is replicated year on year. In my opinion, this a flawed mind-set that brings unnecessary stress and anguish. ‘Walkabout’ is our baseline movement principle at Tribal Fitness. It involves a 30-minute walk in the morning and one in the evening. It is a great way to burn off excess body fat and it can be done anywhere. You don’t need a gym and it doesn’t cost you a penny. Other benefits include improved joint mobility, greater social bonds with the family and optimal vitamin D levels. Walking is an activity that can be done by anyone.

Get an early night

It’s obvious that movement contributes to one’s fitness, but many neglect the importance of consistent and quality sleep. Prioritising a good night’s sleep is crucial to optimal health, fat loss and stress release. Between the hours of 10pm and 2am, a burst of growth hormone is released in your sleeping body. This is like a free shot of the best supplement money could buy. If you are not asleep by 10pm, you are missing out on easy fat loss, muscle building and immune system repair. I call this natural circadian rhythm ‘Living by the Light’. We get outside and move throughout the day and we sleep well at night. By aligning ourselves with the cycle of the sun, we return to a lifestyle that is natural to our species.

Try something new
The summer is a great opportunity to do something new and adventurous. When was the last time you tried a new activity? Spending the summer in different terrain to our desert home enables us to tackle new terrains and appreciate nature. Have you ever been rock climbing, white water rafting or hiking? The summer months spent away may just be the perfect time to discover something exciting. I dare you to take on a new challenge and get out of your comfort zone. You can even start physically preparing for it today. If you have children and you take them away on a camping trip, fishing or climbing, getting active but also creating priceless memories is another reason to try something adventurous. Don’t waste energy feeling guilty about the summer. Enjoy a family walk every day, sleep like a baby and add plenty of adventure. Follow these three simple methods and you’ll have a fantastic experience and stay fit
for summer.

Workouts outdoors

Urban Energy Fitness’ Strength and conditioning circuits
A fun circuit-style class focusing on strengthening the upper body, core and legs. Classes are held in Al Barsha Pond Park. (050 688 3153).

Elite Aesthetics Dubai Bootcamp
Flip tyres, push cars and run with parachutes in this challenging and dynamic outdoor bootcamp held at SkyDive Dubai in Dubai Marina. (055 536 7718).

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