4 tricks to getting your body into shape this summer

Cardio, cardio, cardio

When it comes to slimming down fast, heart-pumping, fast-paced exercises are your best bet. Choose a form of cardio that helps you get your heart rate up — really up. Running, rowing, swimming, cycling or elliptical training, 45 to 60 minutes, 4 to 5 times per week to expedite weight loss.”

If you can’t find a full hour a day to work out, don’t give up all hope in general. A 10 minute “express workout” that gets your heart pumping a couple of times a day will give you great results, so no more excuses. Try jumping jacks or climbing stairs, or heck, take a sprint around your work building every couple of hours.

Bust your booty

Want to get that rear in shape? Who doesn’t. Aim for 15 to 20 repetitions of each:

Squat thrusts with a medicine ball
Sumo lunge with side kick and frog jump
Jumping lunges
Platypus walk with medicine ball

Avoid these foods and drinks

Certain foods are guaranteed to bloat your body. Avoid these for a couple weeks leading up to your bathing suit debut. Steer clear of “dairy, regular and diet soft drinks, sports drinks, and excessive fruit and instead stick to greens like spinach, broccoli, kale, and asparagus (a natural diuretic), as well as snacks like raw almonds, red peppers, and celery. Hydrate with water and teas only.

Remember, all calories aren’t created equal

One of the biggest mistakes women trying to slim down make is treating every calorie the same. Many women think the calories from say, a granola bar, are going to be processed by the body the same way the calories from a chicken breast are. This is not true.When you are trying to loose weight “skip processed carbs and excessive fruit or fat. Stick to nutrient-rich, quality calories such as chicken, quinoa and vegetables,”

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