Summer is almost in full swing across California and much of the U.S., and it’s time to get moving in order to feel and look your best. Whether or not you’ll be at the beach every weekend or just looking forward to a vacation near the end of the season, it’s a fantastic time to focus on your workouts, your diet and your beach body goals. While many men and women look toward the New Year to hit the gym hard core, the cold, winter months can be a major deterrent. Summertime, on the other hand, offers warm weather, several options for outdoor fitness and more daylight hours. So, take advantage of this time of year and get ready for swimsuit season with these 10 tips!
- Consult your personal trainer: Let him or her know what your goals are for the summer season. Are you looking to improve your core or perhaps your backside? Is there a specific event you’re gearing up for? Let’s say a trip to Mexico or a best friend’s wedding. By informing your trainer about your fitness objectives and your “due date,” he or she can craft a program that meets your expectations. Plus, he can help you along the way with motivation!
- Enlist an exercise pal: Sticking to a workout schedule is much easier when you have a friend who will keep you accountable. Plus, you can schedule workout dates together, try out a new fitness class or schedule time to do some fun outdoor training – say rollerblading, surfing or even power walking. Not only will it make exercising more fun, but it’ll be even more rewarding when you both reach your goals.
- Focus on your posture: Have you ever looked at photos of celebrities on Instagram and wonder how they can look so different from picture to picture? Posture has a lot to do with looking your best and it also helps you perform at an optimal level at the gym. Here’s one quick way to improve your posture when standing in your swimsuit. Your ears, shoulders, hips and ankles should be in one straight line. Your feet should be hip-width apart and your toes should be pointing ahead of you. Knees should be straight, but not hyper-extended. Life your chin a bit and pump out your chest. Try practicing this move in your suit before you head out for whatever event you have planned.
- Add a few timesaving moves: Pushups, dips, squats and lunges are moves that can really be done anywhere. When you wake up in the morning, consider incorporating 10 dips and 10 squats, and then end your day with 10 reps of the other moves. Little workouts like this keep your blood flowing when you’re not at the gym. If you’re unsure how to do these moves properly, ask your trainer.
- Try high-intensity interval training: High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a conditioning workout that alternates between short spurts of high-intensity exercise and short spurts of recovery. It’s been said to help exercisers lose fat and has majorly increased in popularity over the last few years. Ask your trainer about HIIT and if it’s something you should consider adding to your swimsuit season workout.
- Add an extra five minutes to each workout: Maybe you add a few minutes to your warm-up on the elliptical and add a few more reps of each arm move near the end of your fitness program; either way, by inserting just a couple minutes of movement, you’re a step closer to your ultimate fitness results. It makes a difference!
- Don’t skimp out on your core: Whether you’re a man or woman, a strong core is key component of most beach bodies. Make sure you don’t just focus on your arms, legs, back, etc., but also include movements that focus on this area. Luckily, many moves actually do require extra core strength, even if they’re not traditional core moves, like sit-ups and planks. Talk to your trainer about what movements make the most sense for your fitness program.
- Get moving outside the gym: Forget the elevator and take the stairs. Go for a nice walk and listen to a podcast rather than binging on Netflix. Park your car farther from your place of work. Ask a friend if he or she’d like to go for a leisurely bike ride. While working out in the gym is a fantastic way to get your body beach-ready, don’t disregard the smaller things you can do to help along the way.
- Go beyond fitness and re-evaluate your diet: Of course, exercise is an essential part of your swimsuit season prep, but don’t ignore the eating component either. You may want to consider taking a good look at your calorie count (try the MyFitnessPal app), filling up on protein, avoiding salt and eliminating alcohol for the time being.
- Boost up on your confidence: No body is truly perfect, and even if you’re a little far away from your goal when the big event day comes, if you display comfort in your own skin and hold your head high, it truly shines through. Do the work at the gym, stay focused and committed, but remember to be kind to yourself!
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