Summer officially starts next month in June, so it’s the perfect time to begin getting in shape before bathing suit season. But keep in mind that getting in shape isn’t something you can do instantly. It should be done gradually, in a healthy manner that takes your overall wellness into account. Here are some tips to help you get and stay in shape for summer.
Make Small Changes
Avoid trying to do too much at once or going on a difficult diet that you’ll never stick to. Studies show that making gradual lifestyle changes over time results in a greater chance that they will be sustained. When it comes to exercising, start small and make a few healthy changes that work for you. If you are looking to get in shape you have the motivation, but you need to develop the habit. Habit is what will keep you exercising and eating right.
Set a Goal
Would you like to be able to climb a mountain? Or maybe tackle something smaller, like running a 5K? Whatever physical achievement you’d like to accomplish, make a goal this Summer and work toward it. If you want to run that 5K, you can start by running outside in your neighborhood. All you’ll need is a pair of sneakers. You can also find some great apps that will help you achieve your goal by coaching you, tracking you, motivating you and even entertaining you. RunnersWorld.com recently published a feature on the 15 best apps.
Create a Regular Exercise Routine
To get in shape, you’ll need to get regular exercise. For most people, a moderate schedule works best to start. You can always build up to higher levels if you wish. Try exercising at least 20 minutes, every day to get some cardio. Build up to 30 to 45 minutes, five to six days per week to really improve your fitness. You don’t need to hit Gold’s Gym and pump iron. Your goal should not be to try and turn into Arnold Schwarzenegger overnight. A moderate workout performed on a consistent basis is fine.
Find a Buddy
If you have trouble getting motivated, try asking people to help who can inspire you, coach you or will work out with you. Make an appointment with a family member, friend, or even a trainer so you create accountability. Hit the gym, go for a jog or take a Yoga class and make exercising something you do socially.
Diets come and go, but to really make a difference in your eating, you need to just focus on healthier food. Take the time to research nutrition and find out about more healthy alternatives and recommended serving sizes. You can do a lot of this on your own, or you can visit a nutritionist for advice. Think of this as exploring, like visiting another country and trying the local cuisine. There may be many beneficial food items and recipes that you’ll enjoy if you just give them a chance.
Change Things Up
When you plan to exercise, try and vary what you do. Your body will adapt to a singular routine and you will start seeing fewer results. Instead, do different activities. If you exercise three times a week, for example, try running on Monday, go to a yoga class on Wednesday and ride an exercise bike on Friday. Every few weeks, change something to keep your body guessing and burning calories. This is also a good way to refresh your mind by making exercise interesting.
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