Staying in Shape Year Round: #BikiniFit with Lauren Vickers
Staying in your best shape year round isn’t always easy.
Holidays, big events, sickness and stress can all impede on you having the drive to keep up the healthy lifestyle year round. I get it. We all get it. We’re human, after all. Though staying in shape is as much a part of a model’s job as going to castings…and more importantly, turning on up time on the day of the shoot. Making the time to consistently look after yourself will make it less of a task if you regularly build it into your schedule.
Here are a few of my tips to keep you on track:
This is probably the biggest factor for anyone wanting to get fit or improve their fitness. Instead of having your motivation to “be skinny” or “have abs”, maybe think of the bigger picture and aim higher. Being physically fit will mean you have more energy, and the sometimes draining hours of a shoot day will be less of a strain on the body. You’re less likely to get sick or injured and even if you do, generally fit people recover faster.
Change up your motivation as you reach your goals and you’ll always have something to strive for.
My favourite way to stay motivated is to work with a trainer or ask a friend to be your workout buddy. You’ll be kept accountable to turn up and push harder if you have someone to work out with, and less likely to cancel at the last minute if it means you’re letting someone else down.
Make it easy for yourself to choose healthy and balanced options every day!
Buying healthy food in bulk and also allocating a portion of time to ‘meal planning’ (ie. cooking and preparing your own healthy meals and snacks in one go so you don’t have to agonise about it day after day when you’re busy). So many of us come home tired and depleted, usually to a home where the chores continue (we all have a home to keep clean, loved ones to look after/help out, and washing/ironing to take care of). It’s so easy to be auto mode and reach for whatever is at hand (especially if you have a weakness for treats in the pantry you know aren’t the best for your diet / lifestyle goals. If you have lots of fresh, healthy options on hand, you’ll be getting everything you need to stay at your best, no matter how tired you are. It’s a money saver too!
Scheduling in your workouts at the same time as other appointments and commitments will help you to be more consistent and make better use of your time. Also, treating yourself to a little “me time” at least once a week is a great idea to reward yourself and just chill out. Nothing quite like a fresh blow dry, sleek manicure or tidied up brows to keep you polished at all times!
Everyone has their own little rituals and tricks for achieving their best body. At times, however, it’s important to change things up so that we don’t get bored (or our bodies stop reacting to the work we’re putting in). This is especially true for diet and exercise.
Look up some new recipes to add into your favourite or go-to staples to ensure you always have a colourful, deliciously healthy plate that you look forward to eating. International influences and cooking classes can put an amazing twist on regular veggies, by adding in interesting grains, spices, herbs and combinations you hadn’t thought about.
Likewise for your workout routine – try a new class or work out with a trainer to shake up your routine so you’re constantly challenging your muscles with different exercises and activities. I like to do a different combination of weight training, boxing, running, swimming, stand up paddle boarding, Pilates, barre and yoga.
If you treat looking after your body just as importantly as you do being punctual and hard working – you’ll soon develop the kind of rapport with clients and reputation with your clients that keep you booking regular jobs. I know that off the top of my head, I have at least 10 girls who can always turn up on time and immaculately presented if I am unable to do a job. Referrals are such a big part of the business, and since so much of this industry is last minute, this should be a consideration into your motivation to be ready at all times.
Remember: If you need to be bikini photo ready – remember that a well moisturised, faux glow is the best way to give you a little boost before you step in front of the camera. Tanned skin always photographs better health, well and fitness shoots as it gives you more of a glow (that lights usually drown out on set), and defines those muscles you’ve worked so hard to achieve.
Yours in good health! Lauren x
Lauren regularly posts about keeping fit for her model bookings via her official social media channels and blog. View more of her work or to book Lauren for your next campaign, check out her profile here.
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