Summer is coming and it’s time to start thinking about how you will look in that brand new bikini or bathing suit. For most of us, winter was a time when we we working on our off-season gains, enjoying holiday goodies, and spending time with family and friends. Winter was also a time when we were covered in clothes!
Now you’ll have to peel off the layers and face the world. But that’s okay. You just need to look at your body analytically and start working on the parts that need help. If you haven’t spent the winter working out and sculpting your body into summer shape, it’s okay. Let’s get started.
Weight training and high intensity interval training (HIIT) are critical for fat loss. This combo will burn fat, increase your metabolism, and improve your body composition. Incorporate interval training into your cardio sessions, alternating between high intensity and low intensity exercise. Be sure to do booty work and abs everyday.
While you’re concentrating on exercise, it is vitally important to eat a clean and healthy diet. Abs are made in the kitchen! Follow a high protein, low carb diet, Be sure to eat at least 1 to 1.5 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight per day. Eat five meals per day and don’t skip breakfast! More on diet in another blog post.
Especially during the summer months, you can take advantage of the vegetables and fruits that are in season and at their peak. That means you will get maximum vitamin impact from the foods you are eating. Make sure you avoid fried or fatty foods, white flour, and sugars. Opt for leafy or whole grain carbohydrates. If you are having trouble getting in your vegetables, consider supplementing with Greens to help get your nutrients while increasing your energy and detoxing your body!
Don’t forget to drink plenty of water every day. Water is essential to preventing dehydration AND water retention. Drinking at least a gallon of water a day will flush toxins out of your system and keep cellulite from taking over your body. Also, drinking plenty of water during the summer will help keep you hydrated and it will counteract the effects of the heat. Have trouble getting your water in? Use a low-calorie flavoring like Crystal Light to change up the taste.
Once you have firmed and toned your body, you need to get your skin in bikini condition. If you exfoliate regularly, you will soon have silky smooth, glowing skin that you will be proud of. Exfoliating is good because it removes the dead skin cells that are on the skin’s surface. Use a natural bristle brush, apricot scrub, or sea salt to get the best results. When you are finished, you will be amazed at the softness of your skin. To help tighten, tone and firm your skin, I swear by the Ultimate Body Applicators – also known as that Crazy Wrap Thing – and Defining Gel.
Don’t forget to remove any unwanted hair with hair removal cream, waxing, or a razor. Be sure to moisturize after you finish.
Finally, ALWAYS use a high-quality sunscreen, whether at the pool, the lake, or the beach. You will be fighting both the sun and its reflection off the water. Sunscreen will help prevent skin cancer, sun damage, and wrinkles. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher, is water resistant, and provides broad-spectrum coverage, which means it protects you from UVA and UVB rays. Apply sunscreen generously before going outdoors and don’t forget to reapply. Great options are Elta MD and Neutrogena.
Follow these tips and your body will be in its best possible bikini shape as the summer temperatures rise.
Managing the fit life one rep at a time,