Aren’t we all.
While summer may still be a couple of months away, it’s never too soon to start getting your body into shape and slimming down.
By getting started right now you can ensure that you look the way you want to when the sun is blazing and it’s finally time to hit the beach.
Get your friends in on the action and you can spend time together while you get bikini ready.
1. Use Music to Motivate You
You know how great music can make you feel, so why not include it in your workout routine? You will find that you can get way more out of your exercise session when you are motivated by your favorite tunes. Change up your playlist often to keep yourself excited about exercise. You’ll find that you start looking forward to your run or your kettlebell session when you have the perfect music to listen to.
2. Throw Away All of the Processed Foods in Your Pantry and Fridge
Processed foods are not good for anyone who is trying to slim down so they can rock their bikini. You need to totally overhaul your pantry and refrigerator and toss anything that is processed. That includes bakery snacks, chips, soda and other junk food. Replace those items with a variety of healthy foods from each food group, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy. This allows you to fill up without taking in too many calories.
3. Set Totally Achievable Goals
There’s no point in setting goals that are too hard to attain. You can’t just say that you want to lose 25 pounds and buy a new bikini. Instead, you have to set small attainable goals that you know you can get to. This spurs your motivation and ensures your success. So try something like, “I will run for 30 minutes every day” or “I will stop drinking soda to lower my calorie intake.” Write your goals down so you can refer to them as needed.
4. Focus on Your Abs
Your abs are going to be on full display when you wear a bikini, so it makes sense to spend some time focusing on them. You don’t want to neglect your other muscle groups, but pump up the abs moves before summer gets here. Add a few sets of several new moves and you should seeing your middle looking trimmer and slimmer in no time. Planks, twists and balancing moves are ideal choices.
5. Get Rid of Arm Jiggle Too
Your abs deserve tons of attention, but your arms need some love too. Include some pushups and planks in your strength training routine to help firm those arm muscles and keep them from jiggling when you put on your swimsuit.
6. Start Doing Yoga to Increase Your Energy Levels
Yoga is great for reducing stress and helping you boost your energy levels. This will help you make better choices all day long. Start your day with a short yoga sequence and you’ll be set to eat healthy foods and stay active all day long. Include warrior, bridge, crescent and happy baby pose in your routine.
7. Eat Metabolism Boosting Snacks
Revving your metabolism helps your body burn calories more efficiently so that you can trim down over the next few weeks while you wait for bikini season to get here. You need snacks that contain a good ratio of carbs and protein. Fruit dipped in peanut butter, a low-calorie smoothie or cottage cheese with cucumbers and tomatoes make wonderful choices.