5 Ways to Get In Shape This Summer

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Summer time is often when people get serious about getting in shape. Trips to the beach and summer vacations motivate people to look better in public. When you are planning on getting in shape, make sure you do so carefully. It is dangerous to jump into major dietary changes and strenuous workout routines all at once. The idea is to work at making your body healthier and more toned over time. Crash diets tend to lead to health issues and gaining back more weight than you lost.

Use Exercise Apps

Staying on track when it comes to exercising regularly is not easy, especially for busy entrepreneurs. It is important to use an exercise application to help you keep your workout schedule and track your progress. Apps can count your steps, burned calories, and track your heart rate. Others also help you find healthy meal options, track an actual distance, and show you how long you took to complete a workout.

Mobile apps are trending in the exercise industry as society becomes busier. Some do not have any available time to go to a gym, so counting steps, and burned calories works for them. It is ideal to explore a few different exercise apps to see which has the features that you require the most to stay on-top of your goal of getting in shape this summer.

If you are not really a user of mobile apps, you could consider attending Zumba or other dance-exercise classes. The classes get you moving and help you work up a sweat to burn calories. It is ideal to join a Zumba class with a few friends, so that you can have fun as a group while getting in shape.

Eat Healthy

Making healthy food choices is a must if you wish to get in shape this summer. Your diet should consist of mostly fresh meat, fresh fruit, and fresh vegetables. Refrain from consuming gravy, fried foods, empty calories, and large amounts of sugar. It is also best to increase your water intake and decrease your alcohol consumption. Alcohol slows down your metabolism and can undermine any progress you may have made.

Reduce Stress

Stress becomes a major issue in life and can lead to binge eating, binge drinking, and depression. All of these elements can cause a person to gain weight and get out of shape. Reducing your stress via meditation and working out can help you keep your mind focused on work and your family. Successful entrepreneurs create a stress reduction plan to help them get a better night's sleep. Meditation and relaxation exercises help keep your mind happy and motivated. Exercise in itself is a great stress reliever and helps you get enough sleep to be on top of your game the next day.

Exercise as a Family

Swimming is a great way for a family to get in shape for the summer together. It takes an average of two lessons to know how many each member of your family will need to become an expert swimmer. While floatation devices are ideal for children learning to swim, those that do not use floaties learn at a rate of two to three times faster than those with floaties.

Swimming is a great method of exercising. Consider giving yourself a set number of laps to do daily and time yourself. Each day, you should get a little faster. When you cut your time in-half, add a few more laps to change up your routine and make your body work a little harder.

Give Yourself Rewards

Once you reach a few small milestones in your summer health plan, it is a good idea to give yourself a little reward. Rewards are signs of accomplishment and help you train your brain to work toward the next, bigger goal. Each goal you set should be a little harder to attain and the reward associated with it should be a little more exciting to receive. A reward can be having dessert after a healthy meal, splurging on a new outfit, or taking a weekend away to relax.

Closing Thoughts

Getting in shape takes discipline and willpower. You have to be dedicated to helping your body look better, feel better, and move better. While society has a different take on what is acceptable in terms of body image, your opinion of yourself is what will be the biggest driving force for your success. Set small goals along the way as milestones to help you reach your goal. For some, losing inches and toning their bodies is more important than the actual number of pounds lost.