You wouldn’t start studying for an exam the night before a huge exam, would you? While the first official day of summer isn’t until June 20th, it’s probably not the best idea to wait until June 19th to starting getting into beach-ready shape!
Between the beautiful ocean waves and the smell of the fresh summer air, to hanging out with your friends and family and playing volleyball, the beach is a place of coming together. So, why not slingshot from a winter of boredom and turbulent weather to going to the beach feeling stronger, sexier, and more energetic? Step into summer with a new body and a whole new attitude after following these four tips!
1) You are what you eat
In 1826, a French physician and removed father of the Paleo and low-carb diets, Antheleme Brillat-Savarin, said “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” The sentiment still rings true today as generally what you eat is how you are, or aren’t, able to efficiently function throughout the day.
Eating chili cheese fries or donuts will likely bring you straight to a mini food coma. But eating fresh foods straight from the source like fruit, veggies, lean meats, and whole grains, gives you energy. Like a superpower, clean foods help you lose weight, clear up your skin, better repair your muscles to make them stronger, and help keep you out of the doctor’s office and out enjoying summer.
2) Refill your water bottle
When the summer sweat starts going on and you’re having so much fun you forget to stop and drink water, you’re headed for dehydration station. Drink water every 15-30 minutes in the summer! There’s always room in the beach bag for a water bottle. And hey, just think-once you’ve drank it all, your beach bag will be lighter and easier to carry back home.
3) Get your heart pumping
In order to stay slim and healthy, you must incorporate cardiovascular training that is both challenging and inspiring. Aim for 2-3 weekly cardio workouts like running, swimming, high intensity interval training (HIIT), or dancing. Before you know it, you’ll be in awesome shape and all your hard work will show!
4) Lift something
Specifically, lift weights 2-3 times a week incorporating multiple muscle groups in progressive and entertaining ways! Try combining basic circuit training with interval training days for maximum benefits. Also, try to get in a minimum of five minutes of abdominal exercises in each day. Say hello to the latest addition to you beach-ready body, your abs!
You have the wherewithal. Getting into shape is as easy as your motivation is strong. How strong will your beach-ready body become this year?