Whether you’ve been hibernating all winter or you’re a weekend warrior, there’s a good chance that you’re looking to give your routine a kick start and get your body ready for the beach this summer. Let’s be honest — everyone wants to be more confident, healthy, and comfortable in their own skin, especially when there’s a lot of it showing!
At Horsham Athletic Club, we don’t just offer high-energy group fitness classes to residents in Ambler, PA, and the surrounding areas. We also understand that the best way to get in shape for summer is to get started before it arrives. And since June’s just around the corner, you’ll want to get a jump on your fitness routine.
With the right nutrition plan, motivation, and guidance, you’ll unlock your inner beach body just in time for summer and hit the seaside in style. Let’s take a look at how.
Cut the Cocktails
When you consume alcohol, you’re ingesting unnecessary calories. In fact, just a few drinks, beers, or glasses of wine can cost you over 400 calories, which can quickly add up. Not only that, but alcohol tends to lower our inhibitions, causing us to indulge on greasy or sugary foods, and even overeat.
Cease the Snacking
Even if it’s on healthy foods, snacking can be what’s causing your weight to plateau and what’s keeping you from losing those last few pounds. While it may seem innocent enough, mindlessly snacking on food can stall your beach body progress and cause you to unintentionally overeat. Instead, consider sticking to distinct meal times where it’ll be easier to keep track of what you’re consuming.
Beat the Bloat
If your belly is bloated, it’ll cause you to look puffy and swollen. And many foods — even healthy ones — can cause this. For instance, consuming high levels of sodium can cause water retention, leading to a distended stomach. Additionally, some vegetables like broccoli and kale can produce excess gas in your belly. Same goes for apples, peas, and beans. If you’re looking to prevent unnecessary water retention, try high-potassium fruits like kiwis, oranges, and bananas, or asparagus and cucumbers.
HIIT the Gym
We all know that fitness and proper exercise are critical to a lean and good-looking beach body. But which exercises are best for shedding the fat and increasing your metabolism? Try incorporating some HIIT workouts to your regimen. HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workouts alternate between short periods of high-intensity exercises and short periods of recovery. They can be a much more effective way to burn fat than traditional exercises. Try running four to six 30-second sprints with a few minutes of rest in between for the best results.
Don’t Sleep on Bedtime
Sleep is absolutely necessary for allowing your muscles to repair and your body to recover after intense bouts of exercise. Not only can not sleeping enough throw off your hormonal balance, but it can even cause you to experience hunger cravings and diminish your willpower. Ensure you’re getting 7-9 hours of restful sleep each and every night.
If you’re looking to feel fit, trim, and lean this summer, start now with these simple and straightforward tips. With some hard work, discipline, and good habits, you’ll unlock your inner beach body and cruise the beach with confidence this summer.
For more information on our programs, membership benefits, or group fitness classes in Warrington, PA, contact us today!