The sun is shining and spring has us thinking ahead to warmer weather and fun-filled summer days.
Whether it’s a beach vacation or hanging poolside, we all want to feel confident wearing a swimsuit. Sometimes, it’s a little overwhelming to come up with a plan on your own, so here are a few tips to help you prepare for the summer months.
1. Assess where you are right now.
Perhaps you walk daily or frequent the gym a few times a week. Maybe you’ve been less active this winter and are looking to increase your movement now that the weather has improved. Wherever you may be along your journey, it’s important that you’re honest with yourself about your fitness and lifestyle habits, in order to make small, measureable improvements that are sustainable.
2. Map out your goals.
If you want to be beach ready by summer, it’s time to get clear on exactly what that means for you. If you want to improve your muscle tone and definition, you may want to increase your resistance training at the gym or sign up for a local boot camp.
Grab a sheet of paper and write down what you want to achieve and by when. Break down your goal into small ‘mini-goals’ to support your weekly success.
For example, if your goal is to lose a couple of pounds that you may have gained over the winter months, you might want to set yourself a target of one pound per week, so it’s achievable. With a detailed plan of action, a few nutritional adjustments and a commitment to increasing your daily activity, you can certainly reach your goal.
3. Give as much detail to your goals as possible.
Vague goals and timelines can easily get side-tracked when you have a busy schedule. Print off a 30-day calendar and give yourself a goal each week to work toward. Week one could be bringing your lunch to work from Monday to Friday, trying to increase your water intake or adding a serving of fresh vegetables to your lunch and dinner. Whatever you decide, write it down and journal your progress. You’re much more likely to succeed if you’re holding yourself accountable.
4. Measure your progress.
By keeping a journal, you can identify where your biggest challenges are. For example, evening snacking is a common setback for people. If you’re noticing that this is common for you, it might be useful to make sure that you’re having a balanced dinner to prevent late night hunger. If it’s out of habit, it might be time to switch up your evening routine, so that you’re less likely to encounter the boredom.
Body measurements are also very helpful when you’re looking to ‘tone up’, as they can be a good indicator of overall body composition changes.
5. Take action.
It doesn’t matter where you begin, as long as you start. Oftentimes, we can overthink things and get discouraged before we even start. Choose one or two things that you can do this week to help bring you closer to your swimsuit goals.
It’s amazing how quickly time flies, so if you’ve been thinking about making some improvements, don’t wait! Remember, it’s important to be physically active year-round, not just for the beach, but also for overall health and wellness benefits.