Even on holiday, Sweaty Betty's Founder and Creative Director Tamara never shies away from staying active. Encouraging her family to get involved, she embraces the British summer and the outdoors to their full extent. To celebrate the launch of our new summer collection, she has shared her top tips for staying active and healthy outdoors.
Tamara (left) wears the Padamasana Yoga Leggings and Lateral Run Tunic
1. Get dressed in yoga or workout clothes every morning when it's acceptable, I appreciate the Sweaty Betty office is a rarity for allowing casual wear at work. Every piece we design has fashion and function in mind, so you'll look good and feel motivated to do something active. If this doesn't work? Invest in some new summer kit you'll want to show off.
2. Stand up paddleboarding is one of my favourite activities – I always try to choose a destination so that it feel more like a journey than just a paddle. It’s also a great way to catch up with friend; sometimes we’ll paddle to a coffee shop and paddle back. Even our dogs love to come along for the journey.
3. I cycle into the office everyday in the summer, it's a great way to stay active and enjoy some fresh air. At the weekend I try to go on a long cycle ride with my kids, I love the long chats, excited shouting over the wind and discovering new cafes and pit stops en route.
4. With the help of YouTube and Sweaty Betty's free online workout videos, there are endless possibilities for at-home and outdoor workouts. My daughters and I usually relocate to the garden with the iPad and stream our favourite sessions. We usually switch between boxing and yoga, it's much easier practising headstands on the grass, without the fear of crashing into someone.
5. In London I attend open water training twice a week with my coach, though I find swimming in the sea on another level of enjoyment. It's also a great chance to embrace our new swimwear, I always wear a bright style like the Carve Swimsuit and a colourful Swim Cap to feel safe and confident.
6. To me, coastal runs mean going barefoot on the beach. It feels great to have the sand between your toes, and your legs have to work so much harder to hold the pace. I usually wear the printed Plyometric Training Capris with a Obstacle Vest and a supportive Ultra Run Bra.
7. I used to windsurf growing up and on holiday with my husband Simon, but I’ve only recently started doing it regularly again near our home in West Wittering. My son is getting really into it – it’s so much fun getting out on the water and teaching him all the little tricks I learned over the years.
8. I'm always inspired to eat healthier in the summer. My current go-to recipe books are Madeleine Shaw’s Ready, Steady, Glow and Livia's Kitchen by Olivia Wollenburg. I have a naturally sweet tooth so love to make healthier alternatives, I always keep a batch of superfood energy balls or millionaire bites in the fridge. They are really delicious and full of natural ingredients like coconut, almond, dates, raw cacao and cinnamon.
How are you staying fit this summer? Share your workouts with Sweaty Betty on Twitter and Instagram. And get renewed motivation for all your summer training with new summer styles.