Get Your Body Summer Ready

Summer is just around the corner and after a long winter or spring, like most people you are probably looking forward to getting outdoors.  However, you may still need to shed the excess weight you gained over spring so that you can fit into the lighter (and often smaller!) summer garments. The good thing is that with the right approach you can have a summer body in no time. Read on for a few tips.

First, develop a plan of what you want to achieve and by when. However, you must be realistic:  If it took you 3 months to add 8 pounds, you will need at least several weeks or a month to get rid of that weight. Initially your body will respond to any new activity and the weight may come off easy in the beginning, but don’t be fooled into thinking that you can stop exercising since you have lost a few pounds.  It is likely that you will regain the weight you have lost if you stop or slow down your activity level so persist with exercise to see more permanent results.

Select the right company.  It  is always easier to get a body ready for the summer if you have a partner since you can motivate each other and hold each other accountable. Also, when you have a partner you will feel safer exercising outdoors if your neighborhood isn’t entirely walkable.  Choose a partner that will encourage you when times get tough and you feel unmotivated, as opposed to someone that has a competitive nature, unless you are driven to win.  For most people, the social aspect of having a partner does the trick.

Avoid rushing to join a gym: Many people who want to lose weight are swayed by promises of low membership fees, however the majority of people who join a gym don’t show up after the first week and end up paying unused gym fees for 2-3 years. Remember during the summer, the weather is nice and the days are long and this is another reason why being outdoors is a great option, especially in cities with great scenery.  There is absolutely no reason why you cannot exercise outdoors as a way to help with your weight loss goals, and the nice weather is a bonus.

Eat the right foods: To drop the pounds you may have gained over the colder months, pay attention to your eating habits.  Avoid sugary and high fat foods to eliminate empty calories and unwanted pounds.  Focus on eating more fresh veggies and fruits, nuts, whole wheat, lean protein and low-fat dairy. Enjoy the junk foods that you like but eat them in moderation and only on occasion.  As for beverages, limit alcoholic drinks since they can contain as much as 90-150 calories per glass. If you need to quench your thirst, drink a lot of water- it is calorie free, helps with weight loss, helps your body perform at its best, and its free!

Exercise: There are hundreds of exercises recommended for people who want to lose weight, but if you want to be ready for summer, choose an exercise that you like otherwise you will stop doing it.  To stay motivated, change the type of exercise and modify your routine regularly. If you are confused with what exercise to do, start with walking. It is perhaps the best exercise for beginners. Start by walking an hour every day and that alone can help you lose 300 calories per day or about 2,000 calories per week which equals about half a pound of weight loss. In two months, you can easily lose 4-5 pounds. Walking allows you to enjoy nature, it is free and easy to start.

Relax: In order to achieve your summer body, you also need to relieve stress and ease the tension of everyday life.  Losing weight and getting your body ready for summer requires a comprehensive change in lifestyle and thus, you want to have fun along the way. To avoid the stress of daily work and life, practice yoga, tai chi, meditate or perform deep breathing exercises as often as your schedule will allow. Don’t forget the importance of getting enough sleep!  It is tempting to sacrifice sleep to get more done, but your body requires enough rest in order to function at its full capacity.

Getting your body in shape for the summer months requires patience!  So don’t get frustrated if things aren’t moving along as quickly as you would like.  Remember, the benefits of having (and keeping) your summer body go way beyond looking and feeling healthy for a season, the benefits will last a lifetime.

Thanks for reading!

Contributor: Kim Farmer of Mile High Fitness & Wellness. Mile High Fitness & Wellness offers in-home personal training and corporate wellness solutions.  Visit  www.milehighfitness.com or email inquiries@milehighfitness.com

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