Get In Shape For Summer – My Top 5 Tips

Summer? But It’s Only April!

2010 is flying in. I can’t believe it’s April already! The days are getting longer, the weather is getting milder, which means summer is just around the corner. I know some of you are thinking “what?! I’m still thinking about New Year’s resolutions”, but the fact remains, summer IS coming.

Now I don’t recommend crash diets or get fit quick fixes (try saying that 10 times fast), but I do believe you can use getting in shape for the summer as a starting point for adopting good fitness habits.

My Top 5 Tips

5. Set Yourself A Target

Having a goal to aim for will motivate you to get moving. Rather than some vague far-off fantasy time, set a date that you want to be in better shape. It could be your holidays, a reunion, a wedding, your birthday, doesn’t matter. Just decide on a date and get going. Once you hit that target set the next one. Being fit and active will become a way of life.

4. Don’t Obsess

If you build up the idea that you have to go on a diet or start a punishing workout routine you will find yourself putting off getting started. You’ll “start on Monday” or “start on Tuesday, because Monday isn’t a great day to start”. Before you know it two months have passed. Just make getting fit a part of your daily life, you don’t have to be thinking about it 24/7. Keep it light hearted.

3. Break A Sweat

Sweating is highly underrated. No, I’m not talking about pit stains from sweating in the office on a hot day. I’m talking about doing enough physical activity that you break a sweat. Sweating not only helps you avoid overheating but aids in various functions essential for a healthy body. Sweating causes you to flush out toxins that can build up in the body from chemicals in processed food, alcohol and household detergents. Also, if cellulite is a problem regular exercising and sweating is a must. Just make sure you shower afterwards. Old sweat is not your friend.

2. Get A Buddy

Sometimes working out on your own can be a bit boring. A great way keep motivated is to use the “buddy system”. Having a friend with a similar goal makes it easier to stay committed. You don’t have to be completely tied in with your “buddy”, you can meet up once or twice a week and do a fun activity like go for a run or join a fitness class to break up your own workout routine for a change of pace. A personal trainer can also be used as a “buddy” and will help you get results faster.

1. Make It Fun!

Choosing something you enjoy can make all the difference. If you like to lift weights, swim, run or even dance then do that. You are much more likely to stick with it if you’re having fun.

So there you have it. My Top 5 Tips For Getting In Shape For Summer. All pretty straight forward with nothing too complicated. Like I said above this approach can help you form good habits and get you on your way to a healthier more attractive body.

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