Top 10 fitness tips from an RNLI Lifeguard

We don't know about you, but we’re feeling very inspired by all the stories of those of you who ran the London Marathon for the RNLI this week.

RNLI lifeguard running along a beach with rescue equipment in hand

Photo: Owen Howells

Whether you just want to keep fit, or run a marathon for the RNLI, we have drawn-up 10 tips to help you with your fitness regime this Summer:

1. Keep it varied

Make sure you change things up regularly. It can be very easy to get stuck in a rut when exercising which can lead to boredom and giving up. Think about alternative routes and locations to exercise, as well as mixing up the type of exercise you’re doing.

2. Make it social

Go with a friend - this will stop boredom kicking in or at least take your mind off the pain! Having someone to exercise with will keep you motivated to carry on.

3. Set goals

If you want to get something specific out of an exercise plan, then write it down! Whether you want to just lose a little weight or complete a marathon for the RNLI, having that target at the front of your mind can really help motivate you. Not to mention the feeling of satisfaction when you achieve it!

4. Think outside the box

Exercise doesn’t have to be boring. You can make it as fun and wacky as you want. Try rock-climbing, stand-up paddleboarding or beach volleyball.

5. You’ve got to start somewhere

If this exercise malarkey is new to you, it can seem quite daunting, but everyone has to start somewhere. Take small steps to begin with and as your confidence grows you can do more – you’ll soon see the results.

6. Go outdoors

Gyms are great, for a while, but if you’re anything like me, and don’t see the point of staring endlessly at yourself in the gym mirror, when you could be outside taking in the sights, then get yourself outdoors. Whether it’s at your local beach, around your local city centre or in the countryside, exercising outside can be much more fulfilling than being stuck in a gym (plus, it’s free).

7. Put your training to good use

Running one of the many events that the RNLI is represented at around the UK and Ireland can be a great way to keep you motivated and focused. For more information about running for the RNLI, click here.

8. A healthy balanced diet

Giving your body the right fuel when exercising is key. Make sure you get a balanced diet to give you the energy you need.

9. Seek medical advice

If you have any existing medical problems, go and see your GP before you start a fitness regime. They can give you advice on how to tailor your exercise to your specific needs.

10. Be safe

Don’t take any risks whilst exercising. Always wear a helmet when cycling and reflective clothing when exercising at night. If you want to swim in the sea, you should always swim at a lifeguarded beach, between the red and yellow flags.

By Tyne and Wear Lifeguard Matthew Jones