There are plenty of food temptations in the summer months, with some just too impossible to resist. Tasty hot dogs and burgers at barbecues, coffee shops bringing out summer menus filled with sweet and creamy ice frappes, and keeping on top of your thirst with cold fizzy drinks. That’s not to mention the cooling cocktails and crisp, cold wines. But the main temptation for so many of us is ice cream! We are literally obsessed with ice-cream.
With even the fittest and strictest amongst us being tempted to demolish a cone full of ice-cream in the heat, it makes sense to increase your workout routine to make-up for your summer food indulgences. However, it’s easier said than done as personal trainer Aimée Victoria Long explains. “There are so many impromptu distractions in the summer even I find myself making excuses to miss a workout” she says. “It’s too hot; the place I am training doesn’t have air-conditioning; I would rather see my friends because we don’t often have weather like this; I will just go to training later etc. And it’s not only me, during the warmer weather, numbers in my classes tend to drop slightly and clients cancel last minute (especially in the evenings) to see friends or go out with their partner.”
But the summer sun distractions and extra treats don’t mean you have to wildly up the ante on your regular exercise and workouts. Aimée advises “Simply stay aware of the extra treats you eat and make the most of the sunshine in an active way. There are plenty of fun ways to keep your summer treats and exercise in balance, without feeling like you’re doing extra work, whether it’s a game of volleyball, swimming in the sea or a simple bike ride. I personally love going on long walks in the summer. It’s all about balance, there’s no point restricting yourself and being unhappy.”
To help you achieve a happy summer balance, Sportsshoes.com has researched how long you need to do a number of summer activities in order to neutralise your extra calorie intake. By taking a look at the calories in the nation’s favourite ice-creams, they have assigned the times you need to jog off those additional kcals, as well as giving ideas on how else you can work them off, from doing squats to building sandcastles!
And here are the results: