Did someone say beach season?! Your first response may be to book a fast flight to Siberia, where no one dares to leave the house with bare arms, bare legs and no sweater to disguise the extra belly bulge. But don't get anxious yet. This year, consider a new possibility: the possibility you'll be ready by the time swimsuit weather arrives. Sounds like a relief, isn't it?
So now, get your calendar and create that unique plan with healthy meals and new exercise habits. Here are some tips that will help you staying motivated and getting that bikini body you always dreamed of!
1. Write your goals down.
There's no better way to start than writing down the things you want to achieve. An example can be: I want to feel good in my skin while wearing a bikini.
2. Drink more water: your hair, your skin, your mind and your body will thank you.
Drinking 8 glasses of water a day will increase your metabolism (cold), fill you up (room temperature)), aid in weight loss, flush out toxins, get you a healthier skin, reduce risks of certain cancers, help digestion and constipation, relieve fatigue and improve overall health all for zero calories. It's worth a try, right?
Stretching attenuates stretch reflex, the body's automatic defense mechanism to overextension. Also it's very important to stretch before and after exercise to prevent muscle injury and soreness. Still need another reason? It feels good.
4. Skip the elevator, take the stair.
Stairs are everywhere, so why not use them? A study has found that people who use the stairs have better fitness, less body fat, slim waistlines and lower blood pressure.
5. Stop making excuses and start to exercise.
Run, dance, go to the gym, play badminton, ice skating, bycicle etc. etc. There will be something you love.
6. Do Swimming workouts.
A pool might be not the first place you think of going when you're looking to shape up and slim down, but swimming workouts do burn fat, trim inches and help you get stronger, fitter and healthier than ever.
7. Stop overthinking and start meditating: see the beauty in letting things go.
Overthinking ruins you. Ruins the situation, twists things around, makes you worry and just makes everything much worse than it actually is. So please, stop it. Yoga is also a very good stress-killer!
8. Get rid of fat and start eating healthy.
9. Have 8 hours of sleep a night.
10. Don't give up and keep going! It takes 4 weeks for you to see your body changing. It takes 8 weeks for friends and family and it takes 12 weeks for the rest of the world.
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