3 Sure-Fire Ways to Get Your Body Ready for Summer
With daylight savings about to begin and the promise of summer around the corner, it’s a great time of year to fantasize about cocktails on the terrace after work, barbecues on the weekend and sunbathing on the beach. Shoot. That also means it’s time to get your legs out again after all those months of hibernation and think about squeezing yourself into a swimsuit.
Drink More Water
Let’s start with the easiest one first. If you work out regularly, then skimping on water can reduce your fat-burning potential, so make sure you drink extra to compensate for the dehydrating effects that exercise can have on you. And if you don’t work out yet (it’s time to start) you should still be drinking more water, as it boosts your circulation and helps to flush out excess water weight. It’s also great for your skin and vital organs and for giving you more energy.
How much should you drink? Well, at least half a gallon a day, but if you want a more specific measurement, then take your body weight and divide it in half. Then drink that number in ounces. So, if you weigh 160 pounds, half your weight is 80 pounds and you should try to drink 80 ounces of water a day. Buy a large refillable bottle with a filter and keep it by your desk so you’ll have a constant reminder beside you.
Cut Down on Carbs
Carbs get a bad rap, but while you should start cutting back on processed, starchy carbohydrates like bread, bagels, cakes, and pastas, you shouldn’t cut out the carbs completely, as this can have damaging effects on your overall health. We need carbs for healthy bodies, muscles and bones, but try replacing regular potato chips or fries with sweet potatoes, which are full of nutrients and also contain anti-inflammatory qualities; and stock up on leafy green vegetables, apples and quinoa.
Try Strength Training
If your goal is to get into a bikini, then some light exercise and reducing your calorie intake should be enough. But if your goal is to look good in your bikini, then you’ll need to make the extra effort and try a more intense type of workout, like full-body strength-training, at least three times a week.
Strength training is a great way to burn calories during the workout and up to 48 hours after. It also helps you to tone your muscles and get rid of flab. As with any workout, make sure that you wear the right clothing and especially comfortable footwear. If you’re prone to shin splints or muscle injuries, slip a quality pair of insoles into your sneakers to lessen the impact.
A great brand to try if you want your shoes to fit better and avoid heel pain, Achilles or tendonitis is Pedag. Whether you’re working out hard or trying to make an effort to walk more, it’s important to look after your feet and bones. Remember that while your main focus may be on your body looking good on the outside; it’s equally important (if not, more so) that your body’s healthy on the inside.