5 Tips for Getting your Summer Body Ready
With summer nearly here, there’s panic all around. People are running to the gym in order to do some last-minute shaping-up, while searching the internet for the latest wonder diet that will allow them to lose their extra weight in no time. However, if you want to keep your good overall health in the process, here are some ways to get your summer body ready in time.
Lower your calorie intake
If you’ve gained some weight and want to lose it, you might want to change your diet. Instead of eating fast food and food containing refined sugar, opt for food rich in fiber and protein. Fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, poultry and fish will make you feel full and provide you with all the necessary nutrients, but with a lower calorie count. Avoid ice-cream and other sweets, as well as white bread, pasta and rice. Skip fried food and choose grilled or boiled instead. Eat three main meals and two snacks, but have them at least two hours apart, and don’t eat anything after 7 p.m. Stick to these tips and you’ll surely lose weight.
Take your workout outside
Eating properly is crucial, but when you combine it with a workout regimen, you’ll be losing weight much faster and shaping your body more easily. Although you can hit the gym, you’ll be in a much better mood if your exercise takes place outside, in the fresh air and the sun. You can even incorporate your workout with your other daily commitments. For example, you can walk or cycle to work. And if you think your job is too far for that, you can now find sophisticated electric bikes online and have one shipped to your front door. They allow you to stop pedalling when you get to tired, or when it gets too difficult, like moving up a hill. If none of these ideas work for you, then put your roller-skates on and hit the park in the afternoon, or simply go jogging for at least half an hour every day.
Drink plenty of fluids
Drinking eight to ten glasses of water every day promotes your overall health, helps you with your weight loss, keeps your skin moistened and can even fight heat exhaustion. It’s important to start hydrating your skin from the inside early, so that it’s ready when the temperatures go up and you wear that bikini. If you don’t really enjoy drinking water, add some flavour to it by putting lemon or orange slices into your water pitcher or glass. Another option is to make green tea and drink some of that, since it’s a great antioxidant, but without any sugar. Drink less coffee and avoid alcohol altogether. Forget about sodas and other sugary drinks. They’re bad for your diet, even when it says they’re sugar-free.
Get enough rest
If you’re eating healthy and working out rigorously, but you still have no results, the problem might be sleep deprivation. If you don’t get enough sleep, not only will it be more difficult to lose weight, but you’ll be in a bad mood and will lack motivation to exercise and eat properly. It’s therefore important to get at least seven hours of sleep every night, and not only that. Just sleeping isn’t enough, but your sleep has to be uninterrupted and restful.
Take good care of your skin
Wearing sunscreen during summer is essential, but usually not enough. It’s recommended to apply sunscreen all year round, whenever you’re spending time outside, so that your skin remains healthy and doesn’t toughen, lose its natural elasticity or get sun spots. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or so and make sure the SPF is at least 15, or even higher when the sun is stronger. For additional skin care, apply antioxidant face cream underneath your sunscreen, clean your skin regularly and use only the best skin products for your skin type.
Follow these tips to be healthy, physically and mentally, and your beach body will only be a wonderful side effect. You’re not getting into shape just for the beach, but rather for your long-term wellbeing.