It’s never too late to start exercising and get in shape for your ideal beach body. Enjoy the rest of this summer feeling good!
Editor’s note: This story was originally published on March 7, 2018 and was updated on June 28, 2021.
As this summer heat comes in and we start to enjoy activities like lounging by the pool or going to the beach, it often brings with it the dreaded thoughts of getting in shape. It’s never too late to start your fitness routine. Here are 5 ways to conquer your goals.
Put more cardio into your workout. Most of us dread the thought of cardio, even though aerobic training is an important component to losing fat. If the treadmill is too stressful, try an outdoor hike.
Add strength training to your workout. Building muscle is a vital way to conquer stubborn body fat. If you don’t want to bulk up, try lifting lighter weights with higher reps.
Watch what you eat. Consider switching to a healthy low calorie diet with plenty of lean protein, fresh fruits and vegetables and avoid processed foods.
Swap sugary drinks for water. Sweetened beverages add lots of unnecessary calories. If you want flavor, add a lemon, lime or orange slice to make your water fun. There are also some delicious zero-calorie water enhancers. Remember, alcoholic beverages have calories and dehydrate the body, so enjoy them sparingly.
Be realistic. Losing weight takes time. For every pound, it requires burning 3,500 calories. If you take 350 calories out of your diet every day, it will take 10 days to lose one pound. Set a realistic goal for yourself and remember that depriving yourself isn’t the answer.