Beach Body by Summer
Summertime is right around the corner and this should be the year that you stop covering up that body. In order to make changes the fastest, you’ll need to buckle down and focus for the next 8-12 weeks. This beach body guidelines will have you well on your way to that body you’ve wanted.
1) Stop storing up body fat. One problem that many people face is the gradual weight gain that comes over time. Once you re-train your body to utilize body fat for energy and stop storing it up, you’ll make some headway toward your goals. This is where small, frequent meals is important. By eating periodically throughout the day, you train your body to not store fat. Every meal should have protein while avoiding processed sugars.
2) Short, mini-workouts. If you’re like most people, time can be scarce in the day. Instead of drawing out a long workout, try a shorter session. This can boost the metabolism and it won’t take much time. Studies show that you can still benefit from this type of workout, especially if performed even a couple times in a day. Here are a few ideas:
Run up the stairs and walk back down backwards. Repeat that for 5 minutes and you’ll be surprised how exhausted you may be. Plus, you’ll elevate your metabolism and increase blood flow and circulation.
Perform as many body-weight squats as you can in 60 seconds. Repeat that for a total of 5 minutes.
Take a quick power walk. Walk nearly as fast as you can and over time, try to increase your distance or speed.
3) Stay Hydrated. The importance of water is often overlooked. In fact, fat metabolism is directly affected by how well your body is hydrated. Over 70% of your body functions in water and organs cannot function without it. Staying hydrated ensures your body processes (including metabolism) nutrients efficiently.
4) Workouts must be progressive. This is one of the most important factors of effective workout plans. Plus, this principle applies to all forms of exercise and fitness. So when you’re talking about reshaping the body, boosting metabolism, and burning off that excess body fat, you have to ensure that nearly all of your workouts are progressive in nature.
Give your body a reason to change. Just because you go to the gym and do some strength training and cardio a few times a week doesn’t mean anything. Your body needs to continue to adapt to the exercise stresses you place on it, otherwise, you’ll plateau.
The most important thing is you subject your muscles to a greater stress than they’re used to. Here are some general guidelines: two to four sets per exercise, as many repetitions (reps) as possible in good form on each set. Perform slow and controlled reps to maximize muscle involvement and change exercises frequently.