Get Fit for the Summer and Beyond
The fact that less than 3 months remain before the start of bikini season can leave some people either excited or uneasy. If you are feeling uneasy about the thought of putting on a bikini, there are definitely things you can do to change that, especially if you don’t delay.
Although summer is a great motivator to get people started on their fitness journey, it’s very important to keep it up long after summer is over. Basically, when people embark on this journey, they should be prepared to do so for life.
1. Procrastination kills results. First, in order to see significant changes, it’s important to give your body enough time to change. If you want to get fit before the summer, then it’s best that you don’t wait until end of April to start.
2. A late start is better than no start. If you are contemplating starting your fitness journey and fear that you are too late for the summer, start anyways. In the long run, you will be glad you did.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Working with a qualified fitness professional will help you achieve the results that you are looking for.
4. Have an action plan. An action plan should include both workouts and meals. It will help keep you on track.
5. Be realistic. Everything from the number of workouts you would like to do in a week to the amount of time you give yourself to reach your goals should be realistic. Do you honestly think you can work out 7 days a week? Do you really think it’s possible to safely lose 30 or more lbs in a month in a healthy way?
6. Don’t compare yourself to others. The only thing you can do is strive to become a healthier, happier, fitter and stronger version of yourself. If you are better than you were yesterday, then you are succeeding.
7. There will be struggles. There will be times where you feel tired, weak and overwhelmed. Don’t let it get to you. Instead, keep on following through with your plan.
8. Reward yourself for every week that you stick to your plan. Choose a reward that you look forward to every week and it will help you stay motivated to keep going.
9. Deprivation will murder your results. Deprivation gives you the feeling that you are sacrificing something and that leaves you resentful as well as more likely to binge. Instead, think moderation.
10. Consistency trumps intensity. Working out on a regular basis is far better than doing 7 intense workouts in one week and then skipping the gym for the next 2 weeks.
Yana Hempler is a personal trainer at Studio 4 Athletics
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