How to shed those winter pounds
Summer is right around the corner and before you know it, you will be invited to throw on a revealing outfit and show off that pale body of yours. It’s not going to be the most attractive you have ever looked, but what do you expect? You’ve been in hibernation for six months. The best you can do is hit the gym and make sure you have got the figure you’d be proud to show off at the beach, the pool or even in your backyard. If you haven’t already been working, now’s your last chance to get on it.
Hit the Pavement
Going for a run is one of the easiest ways to burn calories and speed up your metabolism – but you need to be consistent – one 20-minute jog a week won’t do much besides keep your legs sore. In order to accomplish any real weight loss or change in body chemistry, running every day is a must. No excuses! Cold or rainy outside? Stick to the treadmill. If it’s broken, call up a treadmill repair service. Worn out sneakers? Get a new pair. Don’t let anything stand in your way of your better body, not even yourself. You can do it!
With winter over, real body bulking is not the best option – it’s time to opt for a slimmer, more toned figure. Plan out high-rep, high-intensity workouts to get the most bang for your buck. Build muscle while raising your heart rate and you’ll cut calories in the process. Post workout, try a banana instead of your usual post-workout meal. An especially ripe banana will replace the much-needed glucose for the rebuilding of muscles, but it also helps to have a protein supplement.
Picking the right clothes to show off your goods is equally as important as your actual workout. Certain bikinis work for certain women. A specific kind of board short might look better on a specific body frame. Identifying and highlighting your strengths is key, but you might also need to consult a fashion expert – or just a very honest, trusted friend. One thing to remember: leave your sensitivity at the door.
Making a Splash
For those conscious of their look, keeping up with fashion trends couldn’t be more important. Styles change every year; everything old is new again and the only thing predictable in fashion is that it will always be changing. Keep an eye and an ear out for TV specials and internet blogs for the latest trends, but feel free to invent one yourself. Sooner or later the style will become popular and you will be leading the charge.
Laying it All Out
It’s almost summer time! Don’t stress too much but it’s practically here. A decent tan and the right bathing suit will make you look and feel great. But if you feel you are in need of a run, or in need of treadmill repair, then get on it! If it’s not the last-minute trip to the beach or an impromptu pool party, those unseasonably warm spring days will certainly sneak up on you – and you’ll want to look your best.
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Sean Carter is an experienced writer who has covered the topics of healthy, fitness and more for many blogs across the internet