Free advice will get you feeling fit for summer

Jeannette Hayward has been through many ups and downs in life but her strong faith kept her going   	                     Picture: Habibur Rahman   (171536-223)

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Are you happy with your beach body or bikini shy?

That was the question posed by NHS Choices – and a recent survey reveals the vast majority of us aren’t.

A massive 86 per cent of women and 50 per cent of men who took part said they weren’t happy with their body in the lead up to this summer.

To help get people ready for the warmer weather and feel comfortable on the beach, NHS Choices is inviting the nation to join its Get Ready for Summer campaign.

Anyone who wants to shape up for summer can get involved by choosing from one of four free health and fitness plans – losing weight, healthy eating, getting fit, or training to run 5k. Each action pack will allow people to get weekly emails with tips and advice.

Participants can also visit the NHS Healthy Living Facebook page where they can share their personal health goals and join groups which provide ongoing motivation and tips from health and fitness experts.

The survey also revealed that:

* The majority of men (81 per cent) and women (66 per cent) feel least confident about their stomach

* Women also lacked confidence when it came to their thighs (25 per cent)

* While men lacked confidence with their arms (9 per cent).

Jeanette Kwakye, 2012 Olympic runner, is backing the campaign. She says: ‘It takes discipline and hard work to achieve fitness goals, but getting started is the hardest part.

‘Running is a great way to lose weight and get that beach body that everyone wants. The Get Ready for Summer plan is designed for anyone.’

To sign up for your action pack, visit nhs.uk/summer or text SUMMER to 64746 for more information.