Wednesday, May 19, 2021

How to Get Back in Shape This Summer

 It’s finally summer and that means that you will probably be in a bathing suit, in shorts, and in shirts that cover a little less of your body. If you are nervous about that, maybe it is time to consider upping your healthy eating and exercise goals. Here are a few tips when it comes to getting back in shape for the summer:

Set a weekly workout goal

When you start working out again, setting short-term, realistic goals is the key. That’s why I recommend setting weekly goals! Instead of signing up to run your first marathon or vowing to hit the gym six days a week, stick to something simple like working out twice a week for 30 minutes. Then you can build up to more challenging goals as you progress. As you set your goals, think about a timeline and specific action steps, as well as what feels exciting for you to accomplish. While everyone’s goal will be different, no matter who you are, I would try to move away from body-based goals (I need to lose weight so I can look better in a bikini) and toward performance-based goals (I’d like to run 5K without stopping) to make sure they don’t get wrapped up in the wrong motivation. This way, you’ll view fitness as a part of your lifestyle instead of just a quick fix to help you look better before vacation. With this viewpoint, the bodily changes WILL come, even if that is not your main focus.

Fine-tune your healthy eating

You know the saying “abs are made in the kitchen.” Even if you are hitting your weekly workout goals, you could still be stagnant in your weight loss (or muscle gain) progress if your eating is all over the place. In order to meet your goals, you truly do need to focus on working out regularly PLUS eating healthy. For some people, this might mean eating more. For some, it means eating less. For others, it means eating the same amount, but switching up the foods you are eating. It varies person to person and goal to goal, so don’t think that just because Frank or Sandra did something that worked for them, that it will also work for you. Just like anything else, you need to come up with your own plan to meet your own personal goals.

Get active, outside of your workouts

Working out is great and all, but what will help you even more is if you are able to get active, outside of your workouts, as well. What does this mean? Well, it means getting outside and weeding, gardening, doing lawn work. Going on walks, exploring cities and skipping the elevators, cars, and taxis, but instead walking, taking the stairs, and exploring via foot. Staying active is easy to do as long as you stay off the couch, and just move around more. Once again, everyone has a different lifestyle and there are simple things that you can do to add more exercise, no matter what your situation is.

Sitting at a desk for too long? Get an exercise ball to sit on, a treadmill desk, or a standing desk. Sitting while nursing a baby? Again - pull out that exercise ball, or plop them in a baby carrier and nurse them that way, while getting some exercise in (even if that exercise is just doing laundry). No matter what you do to stay active outside of your workouts, something is better than nothing at all.

Consider Pure Hypnosis

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