Three Tips to get Bikini Ready
The weather is finally starting to warm up, and with that comes many things: we switch from warm hot chocolate to cool lemonade, we slowly start shedding off our layers of sweaters and scarves, and we trade in roasting marshmallows over a bonfire for eating watermelon by the pool. Something that also comes with the start of the warm season is panic—the panic that we are going to be spending lots of time in a bathing suit very soon. Unfortunately, many people look to crash diets and excessive exercise in the weeks leading up to spring break. While this might produce some results that you are looking for on the first day you spend relaxing on the beach, it is not a good way to maintain your body. Here are three tips to help you create healthy and manageable habits that will have you well on your way to being confident not only over spring break, but for the long-run.
First of all, exercise. This is a very important part of your health, but there is such a thing as too much exercise! Realizing that it is spring break in two weeks and creating a workout plan that has you in the gym more than you are at home is not the way to achieve an overall feeling of being happy with yourself. Instead, create a gym plan that you can keep up with all year, even over spring break. Try starting out with 3-5 days of cardiovascular exercise and 2-3 days of weight training for anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Begin at the lower end of the spectrum and slowly increase the frequency or duration of your workouts until you reach a schedule that is easy for you to maintain and makes you feel good.
Up next: Hydration. Staying hydrated is very important for losing weight, fueling your muscles, and all around feeling better. Drinking lots of water can increase satiety and boost your metabolic rate. It is important to consume liquids before eating a meal, as many studies have shown an increase in weight loss with those who drank water thirty minutes prior to eating a meal. Staying hydrated during exercise is also extremely important, as muscle cells that are not hydrated will not function as efficiently. On top of all of this, water can help improve your kidney health and brain function. Grab a water bottle to carry with you throughout the day, and try to drink at least eight glasses a day!
The final tip I want to touch on for a safe way to prepare for this warm weather is diet. There is an old saying “abs are made in the kitchen.” While exercise is definitely necessary to achieve muscle definition, it is only part of the process. What you put into your body for fuel is crucial to how your body responds to all of your hard work in the gym. In the weeks leading up to spring break, more and more people limit their food intake to an extreme. While this may be a short term way to think you look better in a bathing suit, it is not healthy at all and definitely not maintainable! Try eating 6-8 smaller meals throughout the day that are packed with nutritious foods. Whole grains, fruits, veggies, and lean proteins are go-to’s to satisfy your hunger and know that your meals are nutrient-dense. Even if you hit the beach all day, you need to keep eating. Avocados, bananas, eggs, Greek yogurt, and many other water-filled fruits are great foods to snack on that will fill you up without bloating you. Pair your healthy diet with our BalanceDiet™ products-the current special features BOGO deals with our Fat Blocker! Check out all of our products and special offers here.
This year, instead of stressing about bikini season try implementing these three life-style changes. The key to feeling better about your body is developing a confidence, which comes hand-in-hand with making good choices for your body. Get started on your healthy journey to spring break and go buy a new bathing suit—you deserve it!