It happens every year; summer comes all too fast when we suddenly realize we haven’t exactly gotten our bodies “summer ready”. Come January, a large majority of us tell ourselves that this is the year to be healthy and in shape by the time summer comes around. Then, before we know it, June sneaks up and we haven’t even started on our “healthier, happier me” workout and diet routine. The truth is, it’s never too late. Besides, you still have a little bit of time before summer officially begins on June 21st. Let’s start now in making those changes on the journey to the summer body you have so badly wanted.
#1 Stop procrastinating
One of the biggest problems people face when trying to get in shape is the notorious statement of, “my diet starts tomorrow,” or, “my workout plan starts tomorrow.” It is amazing how long we can keep this up before we eventually just decide to nix the diet and workout plan altogether. The key is to remember that the time is now and that you should stop making excuses. There will always be a reason to eat the cake or to drink the margarita, so you should make the conscious decision of finding a reason not to. The sooner you start your plan, the sooner you will see the results.
#2 Come up with a tangible plan
A really good way to keep yourself on track is to hold yourself accountable. Mark down on your calendar the days you are planning to go to the gym and what workout you are going to do. You can even revert to your kindergarten days and give yourself a golden star every time you follow through with your diet and workout goals for the day.
#3 Keep realistic goals
The important thing to remember is that it is going to take small steps. You can’t get discouraged along the way by focusing too much on the “end goal.” You must give yourself credit along the way for the small changes you are making and seeing over time. Don’t get carried away when you initially start, and be realistic with yourself in what you will be able to achieve. You’ll find that you will face less discouragement if you are setting realistic and achievable goals.
#4 Be mindful about your level of activity
This may sound cliché, but have you tried taking the stairs? You would be surprised by the difference you can make with the small number of calories burned here and thereby making more active choices. Whenever you have the opportunity, take the stairs instead of the elevator, don’t pick the closest parking spot to the building, walk to a nearby store instead of driving. These small active choices will help make a difference in the end.
#5 Avoid sugar and excess carbs
Sugar and excess carbs are one of your biggest enemies when trying to get in shape. You will be amazed at how much quicker you will reach your goals by cutting out sodas, candy, margaritas, and muffins. Try sticking to natural sugars like fruit, and if you want something sweet that isn’t fruit, try having a piece of dark chocolate. As for alcohol, if you just can’t cut it out, try limiting your drinks to a 1 – 2 minimum, and try switching to a dry red wine or light white. Definitely say no to the Moscato.
#6 Make it fun
The key to keeping up with your workout goals is to make it fun sometimes. Try out some workout classes or get a friend involved to make it less of a chore. If you aren’t feeling your normal workout routine, try doing a dance class instead.
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