You worked hard all year to get your body beach ready for summer. However, now that summer has come and gone, it is all too easy to let yourself go. After all, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are all just around the corner, and we all put weight on during those times. But do you really feel happy about having to start you incredibly hard journey all over again come January, with yet another New Year’s resolution being to lose weight? Why not simply work a little bit at it, and keep your body beach ready all year long? You’ll never know when you will win that dream holiday to Barbados, after all! Here are a few tips to help you achieve just that.
1. Make Sure You Eat Healthy
It isn’t rocket science. In order to get the body of your dreams, you had to really watch what you ate for months, counting the calories, cutting the carbs, and more. But now that you have achieved that weight, you really only have to maintain it, which is a whole lot easier than trying to lose it. So make sure that you eat a balanced, nutritious diet.
Your body needs the same amount of proper nutrients all year long. Though fruits and vegetables are more abundant in the summer, other nutritious produce is available year round. Exercising and eating healthy go hand in hand when it comes to getting fit the right way. So pass on the French fries and focus on eating right and working out no matter the season.
Remember that all you have to do now is eat healthy. No longer do you have to worry about achieving a calorie deficit, since you’ve already done that. Maintenance is a lot easier, so long as you do have enough willpower not to reach out for that slice of chocolate cake (or entire chocolate cake for that matter) just because it’s now time for layers instead of bikinis.
2. Keep Active
This is another no brainer when you think about it. To get a beach body, you had to cut the calories out and work out regularly. That is what made you not just skinny, but also toned (a beach body is a toned body). Again, it is now all about maintenance, which is again a lot easier than before. Luckily, exercising should be part of your daily routine now, and you should be able to incorporate it in your summer holiday as well.
Swim for 30 minutes a day. This is a sweet spot to aim for: it’ll burn between 200-350 calories and can be the equivalent of 45-60 minutes’ land-based exercise. Mix up your strokes to make it interesting and change your breathing patterns for a lung-capacity workout too.
Who doesn’t go swimming while on vacation? Nobody is suggesting that you absolutely have to swim for that amount of time all year long, but if you work out to get a beach body, you may as well maintain it, and then stick with your routines once the leaves start turning brown.
3. Stretch All the Time
A great way to keep moving and to keep your body agile as well is to stretch. Stretching is really important before your workout, as it warms up your muscles and makes sure that you don’t get injured. After your workout, it helps you to cool down so that you don’t have a John Wayne walk the next day. However, you can stretch all the time, regardless of whether you are doing a full workout as well.
If you don’t stretch you can damage your muscles and easily cause problems that will stop you progressing on your journey. Try and slot a ten minute stretch at the beginning and end of your workout to warm up and cool down. You can even do it outside too, but the warm weather will definitely keep your muscles looser so it’s an amazing time to practise improving your flexibility.
You can stretch during all types of activities. You could try paddle board yoga if you’re on vacation, for instance. Or you can stretch as you’re sweeping the floor on a rainy day during the fall. You can stretch by making the snowman a little bit taller in the winter. You can even stretch by pulling out the first weeds in your garden during spring. Stretching has to be a part of your everyday life.
4. Choose a Workout That Works
The number of workout programs developed to help you achieve a beach body is numerous. However, only a few focus specifically on helping you maintain your achievements for a few more months. Luckily, some do exist and you simply have to find the one that works for you. Most of these do not refer to maintaining a beach body, however. They are just workouts that keep the entire body fit. Cycling is one such workout. DanceFit is another, there is YAS Fitness, or you could opt for Crossfit. However, one workout that is really popular now is boxing.
Boxing is a year-round sport and activity that can be done virtually anywhere alone or with a friend. It helps both mentally and physically. It is a phenomenal way to cross train, keep yourself motivated, mix up your training sessions, and help release stress and tension from work and everyday life. Like nothing else, it builds confidence, makes you feel better, move better, and look better.
So there you have it, your four keys to making sure you are beach ready all year long. Stick with them and this year, when Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas come along, and you will still be able to enjoy yourself, but without the guilt. For once, you may even be able to make New Year’s resolutions that don’t involve eating and drinking less, losing weight, and working out more. You might even be able to get away with making no resolutions at all! By sticking to a bit of a routine and regimen, you will look fit come rain or shine.
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