Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to get your mind and body into shape. If summer makes you nervous, consider incorporating some of these tips to your daily life to get beach body ready.
Snacking is one of the biggest things that can stall weight loss. Even if you are snacking on healthy foods, all those calories will add up. Ensure you are sitting down and eating 3 balanced meals daily. This will help decrease the need to snack throughout the day.
Adding more protein to your meals each day not only helps build muscle mass but can also help with weight loss. Research shows that eating protein throughout the day helps increase weight loss.
Often, the area most people think of when it comes to summer is their stomach. Therefore you should add core exercises into your daily routine. Now, this doesn’t mean doing hundreds of sit-ups or crunches each day. Instead, you should add in exercises like squats that require extra core strengths.
Having excess water weight or bloating can cause insecurities. However, you can easily avoid bloating by adjusting your diet a few days before your beach trip. First, you should avoid foods with high sodium content. Additionally, you avoid vegetables from the cabbage family as they can cause gas. High-potassium foods such as bananas, oranges and avocados can help to reduce water retention and bloating.
Increasing your daily activity levels doesn’t mean adding additional workouts to your routine. Instead, slightly alter your day to get more low-impact physical activity throughout the day. This includes walking up the stairs instead of taking the elevator or walking around the block in the evening instead of scrolling social media. These small changes will help you burn additional calories without exhausting your muscles.
Good posture can give the impression of a leaner, taller figure. Use this to your advantage on your beach holiday by working on your posture every day. While sitting at the computer, or while working ensure you have your shoulders pushed back. Making this a habit will not only help your back for the long-term but also showcase your toned beach body now.
Sleep is a crucial part of any healthy weight loss and muscle-building routine. Not only is it easier to be motivated when you are well rested but it’s also better for your body. While you sleep, your body repairs any minor damage to your muscles and also helps to regulate your metabolism. Lack of sleep can also disrupt your hormonal balance.
Many alcoholic drinks are full of empty calories and unnecessary sugars. Not to mention increased consumption of alcohol often leads to an increase in snacking. This all adds up very quickly and can derail your diet and exercise progress. Search for alcohol that is low-calorie such as spiked seltzer or a low sugar mocktail.
Having well-defined shoulder muscles can change the entire look of your physique. Not only can this make your waist look smaller but it also helps improve your posture. Upper back workouts also help with arm definition and overall toning of the upper body. One suggested exercise is dumbbell rows. This exercise replicates a rowing workout without the machine.
One of the quickest ways to get your body into shape is by incorporating high-intensity workouts into your weekly routine. High intensity interval training (HIIT) helps you burn fat faster. For example, six 30 second sprints can burn the same amount of calories as a 60-minute jog. You can also add weights to your HIIT workouts to increase muscle mass while burning those calories.
There you have it, ten ways you can start getting your beach body ready now. Additionally, if you incorporate some of these tips into your weekly routine, you won’t have to stress about having a summer body. Instead you can stay fit and healthy year-round.