How to create your perfect summer fitness plan

Reboot your fitness this summer and feel strong, bright and energised.

Summery days have a way of inspiring you to get active. Time to shrug off the cosy layers of winter and embrace bright, early mornings, warm evenings and plenty of time outdoors. It’s the perfect chance to refresh your fitness routine and design a new workout plan that you’ll be excited to stick to.

But where to start? To make any lifestyle changes, thinking through what you really want to achieve and what you can realistically stick to is essential.

For the best results, take some time to consider the following questions:

• What are your fitness goals?

Do you want to improve your fitness, lose weight, gain muscle, or socialise more? Defining why you’re exercising will help you choose what kind of activity is right for you.

• How much time do you have, and when?

If you have a busy schedule, an hour a day may be hard to maintain. Exercise should reduce stress, not add to it – so choose a routine that fits your lifestyle.

• What does your body need?

Think about what you do all day, and what your body needs to complement that. For example, if you work indoors, choose an outdoor activity. If you’re sitting all day, a stretching practice like yoga or pilates could be beneficial. If you’re a physical worker, try something that uses different muscle groups to your job.

• What do you really enjoy?

If you hate running, resolving to run every day probably isn’t going to go too well. Choose something you enjoy and you’re much more likely to stay motivated and committed. If you’re an introvert, consider solo activities like cycling or yoga. If you crave interaction, a training buddy or CrossFit gym might be right for you.

“Mix up your gym session with outdoor runs and ocean swims, or take an evening walk to reflect on your day.”

Summer fitness ideas

Getting clear on your goals and how your new fitness routine could best work into your lifestyle should help guide your plan. Then the fun really starts. Here are a handful of ideas to get the inspiration flowing.

1. Take it outside

Morning sunshine, warm weather and longer days create the perfect conditions to get some vitamin D with your workout. Mix up your gym session with outdoor runs and ocean swims, or take an evening walk to reflect on your day.

2. Walk your dog (or someone else’s!)

Pets can be excellent furry exercise buddies. Check out your local council website for off-lead parks, beaches, and walking trails.

3. Create a fitness calendar

Blocking out dedicated fitness time in your diary is a great way to ensure life doesn’t get in the way of your exercise plans.

4. Grab a buddy

Being accountable to someone for your exercise goals has been proven to help you stay on track. Involve a family member or friend in your fitness activities, or team up with a personal trainer.

5. Embrace incidental exercise

Not all workouts have to make you sweat. Making small choices throughout the day can add up to big results. Work your legs and stomach by standing rather than sitting in a waiting room, tone your butt and thighs on the stairs instead of the lift or escalator, or get a gentle core workout by giving up your seat on public transport.

6. Go on a wellness retreat

Sometimes we just can’t make time for regular exercise. Getting away for a few days can help you reconnect with yourself and get some exercise in an idyllic setting. Yoga and meditation retreats are a great option for a physical and mental reboot.

Recommended reading - Smoothie recipes

Recipes

Cherry smoothie recipe

Cool down this summer with a low-fat smoothie packed full of cherry superpowers.

Read more
Recipes

Apple alkalaid smoothie recipe

A soothing and cleansing detox blend, full of green power

Read more
Recipes

Apple pie in a glass smoothie recipe

A fresh and invigorating way to get your pie fix – in a creamy smoothie packed with nutrients

Read more
Recipes

Banana and tahini smoothie recipe

Get a nourishing start to your day with this creamy, flavoursome blend

Read more
Recipes

Chai tai smoothie recipe

Smooth with the perfect infusion of spices, this beverage is a delicious blend of sweet and pure

Read more
Recipes

Creamy orange C smoothie recipe

Recharge with this powerful, citrusy smoothie, alive with antioxidant goodness

Read more
Recipes

Grapefruit-fennel fix smoothie recipe

Put some zest in your morning with this potent flu-fighting smoothie

Read more
Recipes

Banana blueberry smoothie bowl recipe

A refreshing blend, bursting with fruity flavour and a touch of sweet honey.

Read more
Recipes

Green Smoothie Recipe

Get your green fix with this refreshing smoothie, the perfect way to energise your day

Read more
Recipes

Nourishing green smoothie recipe

Try this creamy, nourishing green smoothie for a healthy morning boost.

Read more
Recipes

Macadamia and banana smoothie recipe

Get refreshed - this smooth, creamy breakfast drink is the right way to start the day.

Read more
Recipes

Papaya, Coconut and Flax Smoothie Recipe

Fresh and light, this papaya and coconut smoothie whisks you away to a tropical island

Read more
Travel

Pomegranate slam it smoothie recipe

Fill up on the vibrant flavour and powerful antioxidants of pomegranate

Read more
Recipes

Watermelon smoothie recipe

Refreshing and sweet, this easy-to-whip-up smoothie is a delicious treat.

Read more
Recipes

Green tea smoothie bowl recipe

A refreshing breakfast, full of natural sweetness and energy-boosting goodness.

Read more

For full functionality of this site it is necessary to enable JavaScript. Here are instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your web browser.