With summer just around the corner, it could be that you are nervous about having to bare all on that beach somewhere warm and sunny you are going with your girlfriends or significant other. As ladies, even the least self-conscious of us find summer an especially hard time to manoeuvre through – particularly if we have gotten used to covering up in colder months and have not been as attentive to our figure as we would hope.
Even if there are only a few weeks left until summer officially kicks off, you can still turn things around and feel more confident shedding those winter and spring layers you’ve been hiding under, but it will require some work.
In the following post we look at what we believe are some of the most important tips to follow for achieving your goal of looking better this summer.
Don’t Diet, Eat Healthy
It is something that really shouldn’t have to be said nowadays, with all the knowledge and studies that have been carried out over the last couple of decades, but so many women follow the same patterns because they think dieting will help them lose weight. While dieting will indeed help you lose weight, it is almost never a permanent thing. The key to having the body you want is having a healthy and balanced lifestyle. On a day to day level you need to ensure that you eat proper, unprocessed food. Your meals should be rich in complex carbohydrates, whole grains, protein-rich foods and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Make Goals, But Make Them Reachable
You should always draw up a plan and make some goals when you are aiming to lose weight or have a better toned body for all those summer frocks you can’t wait to wear. However, there is the temptation for the majority of us to think “I need to set the hardest goal I can, because the results will be better”. Although you should push yourself to do as well as you can, if you have unreasonable expectations for yourself and your abilities, setting an unattainable goal will just set you up to fail and will dishearten you.
Go To The Gym
As you should know by now, the key to looking and feeling great is having a healthy lifestyle that is made up the aforementioned healthy diet of real food;, and regular exercise. One of the most convenient ways to work off calories and build and tone muscle mass is by going to your local gym. While running on your own can be fun, nothing will get your adrenaline pumping, your heart racing and sweat dripping than the loud music and the cutting edge exercise machines and apparatus.
Exercise At Home
However, if the above is not convenient to you, either because of finances or work schedule; there is always another way. You could make time to workout and exercise from the comfort of your own home. Rowing machines, treadmills, exercise bikes, weights and other apparatus can all be purchased for your home. While the initial cost may be more than a gym membership, once you have paid for the equipment – it’s yours!
As with many things in life, while there are key things that will help you achieve things, there are no right or wrong ways to go about it if you use common sense. Therefore whether you want to look into buying the best pull up bar or go to the gym and control your diet or take a different approach, the key is to actually get off your butt and do something.