5 Summer workout tips from a 12WBT trainer

5 Summer Workout Tips from a 12WBT Trainer

Author: Louise McDonald

It’s that time of year when the weather is peaking, you’re keen to have the confidence to strut your stuff in the clothing that makes you feel good, but you can hear the inner voice coming up with excuses already. Here are five tips to break through this and kick them to the curb:

1) Do It Early

Set your alarm to train in the morning, before breakfast/work/school requirements get you firing on all cylinders. Training in the morning either before or during the sun coming up gets your day underway. It has multiple benefits – it gets you out of bed so you don’t run late for your day; it gets your heart rate going and gets you enthused and excited for what’s ahead; it kicks off your metabolism so you burn calories over the whole day… the list goes on! 

2) Get Some Air

Train outdoors or even in your own home: Zero travel time + no battling the traffic or the potential ‘sweat box’ environment that being in a gym setting can offer. Try jogging outdoors, park sessions, power walks with the fresh air blowing through your hair or even clearing a space in your lounge, spare bedroom or hallway, assemble some kits like weights (or choose body weight exercises) and off you go!

3) Make It Memorable

A big complaint that puts people off training is that they get bored.  Use your summer sessions to try new exercises and combinations – think bear crawls, burpee box jumps in the games room, skipping or shuttle runs along your hallway – mix it up and make it memorable. So many options and you make the rules!

4) Recruit The Troops

Training is more fun with two (or three or more!).  Enlist your flat mate, your significant other, or your kids.  Create workouts that involve you all, so there’s someone who’s ready to train with you, and relying on you to train with them.  When you train in a team, you turn up.

5) Celebrate Your Efforts

So perhaps you got up and trained while the rest of the house are still snoozing, made it to a gym session or ventured into the unknown by trying new things with your recruits – after smashing your session, it’s time to celebrate your efforts!  A delicious, nutritious breakfast like 12WBT Berry Muesli (recipe below) is just the thing to top of your training and take you into the rest of your day! Or a little later on, why not try our delicious Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni.  

12WBT Berry Muesli 

Serves 2 - 5 min prep time - 257 Cal / serve

Sweet berries make this quick and easy breakfast extra yummy!

100g Natural Muesli
120g Frozen Mixed Berries, thawed
1 Cups Low Fat Milk (250g)

1. Place muesli in a bowl.
2. Top with berries and pour over milk to serve

12WBT Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni

Serves 6 - 30 min prep time - 40 min cooking331 Cal / serve

You can still enjoy cannelloni – just ditch the béchamel sauce and stick to the correct portion serves.

2 Packets Frozen Spinach (500g), thawed
400g Reduced Fat Ricotta
2 Cloves Garlic (6g), crushed
100g Reduced Fat Cheddar, grated
700g Passata
18 Tubes Cannelloni Pasta Tubes (200g)
3 Handfuls Rocket (120g)
2 Teaspoons Balsamic Vinegar (10g)


1. Combine spinach, ricotta, garlic and 40g of grated cheese in a bowl. Season with freshly ground black pepper.
2. Preheat oven to 180C. Pour a little passata over base of a 20cm x 30cm baking dish.
3. Fill cannelloni tubes with spinach mixture, using the end of a spoon to push mixture through. Place filled tubes in baking dish.
4. Pour over remaining passata and sprinkle with remaining grated cheese. Bake for 35 minutes.
5. Sprinkle rocket with balsamic vinegar and serve with cannelloni.

About the Author:

Louise McDonald
Personal Trainer & Wellness Mentor
Worked as a Fitness Professional for over 15 years and has been with 12WBT for four years. Has worked with many athletes at a competitive level and has an organic approach to wellness. Passionate about reaching as many people as possible to integrate exercise into their schedule and making things fun!