It’s almost summer and soon enough it will be getting hotter by the day. You want to wear as little clothing as possible to keep cool and comfortable, but if you are out of shape, life may not exactly be a beach for you.
Every year I see the same thing: a lot of people want to wear their bikinis or bathing suits, but they know they have to get in shape first. And even if they are not going to the beach, they still want to look good in sleeveless shirts, shorts, and other skimpy summer wear.
Obviously, if you haven’t exercised and watched your diet, it will take longer to get the body you want, but if you start working out now — and keep at it — you’ll see results.
The key is a regular — rather than merely occasional — routine aimed at toning and firming up your upper and lower body and, of course, burning calories so you can maintain a healthy weight.
However, before starting a “get-in-shape” exercise program, watch what you eat and drink. Cut out or at least reduce your consumption of sugary drinks, alcoholic beverages, and any foods that are high in saturated fats. A sensible diet that includes lean proteins, fruits, vegetables and some healthy fats will not only help you lose the flab and extra pounds, but also help prevent heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
Most people who have not been exercising regularly should probably focus on the total-body fitness.
For an effective, “head-to-toe” overhaul, here are some exercises that I recommend:
Sculpted arms and shoulders can be achieved with resistance bands or weights. Shoulder presses, bicep curls and tricep extensions are just some of several effective moves.
To tone your butt, try different kinds of squats and lunges. These exercises are great because they also work many other muscle groups, including your quadriceps, inner and outer thighs, hamstrings, etc.
For killer abs, there are many effective moves, such as a bicycle crunch and leg raises.
Waist and midriff will respond to a side plank and different versions of mountain climbers, among other area-specific moves.
All these exercises are just a tip of the iceberg — there are many more that will tighten and firm up your whole body. This is a great opportunity to work with a fitness professional who will show you not only the most effective moves, but will also make sure you exercise safely.
A “beach body” routine may not land you on the cover of Sports Illustrated, but it will allow you to ‘bare all’ — or almost all — on a hot summer day.