It’s swimsuit season! Are you ready to ditch the cover-ups and baggy t-shirts and feel comfortable about how you look in your bathing suit? If you have had enough of the worry and discomfort that swimsuit season brings and are finally ready to commit, here are five ways that you can get fit and stay fit this summer.
- Get Help
If you want great results quickly, the best thing you can do is invest in personal training. A personal trainer will help you work out efficiently and effectively, maximizing your results. They will also help you understand how your nutrition affects your efforts while keeping you accountable to your goals.
- Fill up on Fruit
Your summer plans will likely involve camping, vacations, barbecues, and other social gatherings that are food-focused. Instead of allowing these meals to derail your fitness efforts, look for foods you can fill up on that will help you instead. One type of food that falls into this category is summer fruit. Seasonal fruit such as watermelon, cherries, pineapples, and blueberries can save you from overeating while also improving your exercise performance, speeding up your recovery, boosting your energy, and keeping you hydrated!
- Get Outside
If going to the gym sounds horrible to you, summer is the perfect time to start a new, more motivating workout routine. Take advantage of what’s around you. Look for park exercises classes, nearby hikes, or outdoor yoga opportunities. If you don’t know what’s available, search the web for outdoor fitness opportunities near you. Summer weather can be perfect for outdoor exercise, so take advantage of it.
- Workout Early
Heat can be an excellent excuse to miss a workout. If you want to establish healthy habits such as working out 4-5 times a week, schedule your exercise sessions for early in the morning, before the heat of the day hits. If you live in a humid climate, be sure to hydrate before and during your workouts as well, as the combination of high temperature and humidity can quickly zap your body of fluids and strength.
- Consider Ditching Technology
There are a myriad of apps and devices out there that can help you find and track your workouts, and for some people, these are ideal. For others, technology can detract from a good workout. For example, if you are focused on what an app is telling you to do instead of how you are feeling, you could end up pushing too hard. In other instances, social media updates or texting could cause you to pause or stop your workout entirely, minimizing your gains. For some, the ability to share and compare workouts can actually be discouraging. If you are unsure of your relationship to technology when working out, try leaving your cell phone in your locker at the gym (or even leave it at home) and see if the resulting difference is positive or negative.
Summer is the most motivating time for you to finally commit to getting and staying fit. Take advantage of that motivation and the great weather that comes with it to create new, healthy habits. Start exercising out in nature and do so early in the day to ensure you get your workout in. Maximize your results by hiring a personal trainer and consuming foods like fruit that aid your fitness efforts. Finally, consider working out without technology to see if you perform better.
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