Already thinking about getting into shape for your summer getaway? Then give yourself a pat on the back – because starting early is an all-important first step to getting beach-fit.

Slow and steady definitely wins the race when it comes to getting into shape or losing weight. Last-minute crash diets and extreme exercise regimes aren’t much fun, and research shows that they don’t work in the long run anyway.

Instead, start with some small changes you can make right now, and keep up the good work. It’s all about making realistic plans to gradually introduce good eating habits and increase the exercise you do. You’ll be amazed at how much a few little lifestyle tweaks can help.

 

Great Habits Start Here

A sure and steady path to a healthier you can start today – but there’s no need to attempt a 10km run right away or commit to a drastic diet. If you set the bar very high, chances are you could soon get too busy, too hungry or too sore to keep it up. But here are three easy good habits you can get into – right now!

 

Step It Up

Work one extra walk into your day. Consider parking or getting of the bus a little further than normal from the shops or work and finish the distance on foot. Brisk walking is a great way to burn calories, and by turning today’s walk into a daily habit, you’ll be on the way to a fitter, healthier you – no gym membership required! Aim for 10,000 steps a day to really make a difference . Don’t worry, that’s not as extreme as it sounds! Consider using a pedometer so you can impress yourself with your progress.

 

Make a Smart Swap

Take your next snack, and swap if for something healthier. How about a currant bun instead of those high-fat crisps? Or some luscious fresh berries instead of that sugar-packed chocolate bar? Make a simple swap every day, and you’re already eating smarter. Extend your policy of healthy swaps into your other eating choices too and you’ll really begin to feel the benefits.

 

Rethink Your Next Drink

Sweet, fizzy drinks are often our downfall when we’re trying to lose weight. So swap today’s sugar-hit with some sparkling water and a squeeze of citrus, and you’ve made an instant cut to your calorie intake. Alcoholic drinks are high in calories too, so cutting down here is another healthy habit you can get started on right away.

Fizzy Drinks

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