When you think about it, summer is not that far away, so what better time than now to start getting ready to be in your top shape this summer. And it’s not just about being prepared to look good in your bathing suit on the beach; it’s also about getting your body ready for the heat and the sun too. There are three simple ways to get your body summer-ready, so read on to make sure you enjoy the hot months to the maximum.
Keep Yourself Hydrated
Drinking plenty of water is probably the most important step you need to take in order to prepare for the summer considering just how beneficial it is for our bodies to keep hydrated enough. Not only does sufficient water intake keep the skin looking fresh and healthy-looking, it also helps all other organs function better, it can also help battle exhaustion as well as help with weight loss. While there is some debate about just how much water is enough to drink on a daily basis, you should drink at least eight to ten glasses a day, and if it’s a really hot summer, even more.
If you don’t want to be bothered by having to get up during the night to go to the bathroom, make sure you drink more water during the first half of the day. And if you’re sick of drinking plain water, you can always add a slice of lemon or orange or some cucumbers to flavor it up a bit. Another thing to have in mind, by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, you’ll also raise the intake of liquids necessary for your body.
Start Exercising Regularly
Whether you have some weight to shed or not, regular exercise is always extremely beneficial. Constant exercise will result in fat loss as well as help with muscle tone development so get your gym wear like tights, tops, sports socks and sneakers and exercise your way towards a healthier and happier life. Your daily exercise routine shouldn’t take up too much of your time but, in order to be effective, it should be regular.
In case you haven’t exercised for a long time, you should start with something lighter like a nice long walk or some yoga. You can even design your home gym if you don’t have time for jogging or group exercise. Adjustable gym benches, barbells, treadmill and aerobic stepper are a great asset to any home gym. It might be a challenge at first but if you’re persistent enough it’ll get easier. Once you’re stronger and more fit you’ll be able to exercise longer and your stamina will increase. By exercising you’re not only burning calories, but you’ll also increase your metabolic rate, meaning you’ll eventually be burning calories even while sitting.
Keep A Healthy Diet
It’s time to say goodbye to all the bad food choices you’ve been making so kick out all that fast food, sweets, sodas and the like. Because it’s highly likely that besides looking good you also want to be healthy and a healthy diet is the first step towards a healthy and strong body. Switch out all the junk food with fruits and veggies, healthy protein as well as nuts and seeds. Not only will a healthy diet keep you from piling up calories but you’ll also get plenty of antioxidants into your body which will help protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun and the toxic chemical in hot air. A healthy diet can lower the risk of developing heart disease as well as cancer and obesity and once you start eating healthily you’ll also notice that your skin, hair and nails are stronger and healthier looking.
While there are plenty more tips that’ll help you get yourself in shape, by applying these three simple steps you’ll get your body beach-ready in no time. And once it’s summer, not only will you look good, but you’ll also feel really good so you’ll get to enjoy your summer even more.
Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in business and marketing related topics.
In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.