In less than two weeks, the semester will be coming to a close and away we’ll go into the summer. Although some beaches won’t technically be open until Memorial Day weekend, it won’t hurt to get our bodies healthy and fit now. Now that winter is over, we can no longer use the brutal weather as an excuse to procrastinate our beach bodies. Here are some tips to help get you motivated:
1. Enjoy the outdoors
Take advantage of the warm weather and go for a run outside. Hiking is another great alternative for getting a workout in. The best time to exercise outdoors is during the early morning hours, especially if you get to see the sunrise. Starting your day with exercise will leave you feeling good and will keep your energy boosted all day long.
2. Increase your workouts per week
Doing that extra cardio can make a difference. Daily strength training and weightlifting sessions will make your arms, abs, and legs toned. Do at least 30 squats each day and you’ll feel confident enough to buy that swimsuit you’ve been wanting for months.
3. Drink water
Take a break from alcohol, caffeine, and sugary drinks. It’s important to stay hydrated and drink at least six cups of water every day. Your body will thank you.
4. Limit carbs
Who doesn’t love bread and pasta? Carbohydrates give us energy and keep us feeling full for the entire day, but they are high in fat. Instead, stick to lean protein like fish, poultry, and eggs. Switch from a bagel or baked ziti to a chicken salad.
5. Get enough sleep
Try to get six to eight hours of sleep each night to speed up your metabolism. Your body will respond more efficiently and ensure that food gets processed quickly. Not enough sleep can cause weight gain.
Fruit gives us the vitamins we need. Whether you like to blend fresh smoothies in the morning or make a fruit salad for lunch, they make for a healthy alternative throughout the day instead of salty chips or crackers.
Make a list of goals to motivate yourself every day to get that body you want for summer. Make it a habit so you can stay active and healthy all year long.
By Shelley Cheung