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Get ready for summer guide

Shake off the very last of those winter blues and start preparing for your most energised summer ever.

Written by Editor Medibank

After an incredibly challenging year, many Australians are looking forward to a fresh start in 2021. With the temperature getting warmer and the days getting longer, it’s the perfect time to 'reset' and kickstart some healthy habits in preparation for the new year. Shake off the very last of those winter blues and make your health and wellbeing your number one priority this summer.

Forget beach bodies – we’re all about helping you to feel your healthiest, strongest and happiest. Here are some small steps you can take.

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Nourish your body

Warm days call for fresh salads, delicious smoothies and colourful fruits. Bored of all your go-to meals? Start by giving your pantry a makeover and getting stocked up on wholesome essentials – then it’s time to start exploring new recipes to get you excited about eating well. Fill up on lots of delicious vegetables, fruits, wholegrains, low fat dairy and lean protein and remind yourself again how nourishing it feels to eat healthy, nutritious food.

Leading up to the festive season, it’s also a good time to think about trying to cut back on alcohol, sugar and caffeine. There will be plenty of opportunities and temptations to indulge, so reducing your consumption now can help you get in balance and encourage you to make healthier choices when those end-of-year parties roll around. You’ll feel brighter and more energetic – and your waistline and wallet will both thank you.

Read on for our top-rated summer recipes and nutrition tips:

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Make your move

A mix of cardio, strength training and stretching is an excellent way to get your body feeling energised. Make a commitment to fitting in some exercise every day and start to feel the benefits of becoming stronger, fitter and more flexible.

The warmer months are also the perfect time to start a new morning exercise routine. Waking up early and getting the blood pumping first thing can be a really energising and rewarding way to start the day – and now’s the time to give it a go! If you’re not naturally a morning person it may take a little getting used to, but the benefits are worth it.

Read on for our top-rated summer workouts and exercise guides:

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Whether you’re after gentle, flowing exercise to soothe your mind and body after a busy day, or something high-energy to really get your heart racing, there’s something for everyone.

Lightning fast workouts

Is your lifestyle too busy for a workout routine this time of year? Our fitness expert has some good news for you.

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Struggling to exercise? Start with two minutes

Personal trainer Lizzy Williamson shares how a simple concept can help you push through any resistance to exercise.

Remember to visit your GP for a check-up before starting any new exercise program.

Relax and restore

Summer is a busy time – so it’s important to look after yourself by making time for relaxation and rejuvenation. Getting into the practice now is a great way to prepare for summer, so you can enjoy the frenetic holiday season and start out a new year feeling refreshed, happy and centred.

Meditation and yoga are great ways to reduce stress, boost your energy, calm your mind and increase your positivity. Take some time each day to focus on your wellbeing, and choose an activity that makes you feel good.

Read on for our top-rated mindfulness classes and tips to look after your mental health:

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