Summer’s just around the corner, aka, flaunting season!
While many people are yearning to hit the beach and dazzle onlookers and Instagram followers with their swimwear and toned bodies, not everyone is at their A-game just yet.
If you relate to the latter group, don’t worry! You can achieve your dream summer bod with just a couple of lifestyle changes.
That said, it won’t be easy. It’ll take a lot of dedication and hard work, but it’ll be worth it when you finally get to show off your results.
So, without further ado, here’s some advice on how to get your body ready for summer!
Engage in Aerobic Exercises
Check your mobile phone settings and see how much time you spend scrolling on social media. 10 hours a week? 20 hours?
If you find yourself aimlessly glued to your phone, cut back on your screen time. Instead, use that extra time to get back into shape!
Aerobic exercises are especially great for this, helping get your heart rate up and making you sweat. Some common types include running, jogging, swimming, rowing, and dancing.
Not only will aerobic exercises help you lose weight, but they will also spill over to help you tone your body and build endurance.
Running, for example, can help get rid of unwanted fats, especially in your legs, and give you those shapely calves that you oh-so desire.
Hydrate Yourself Often
Dehydration can lead to a host of problems, such as headaches, constipation, and fatigue. It can also make your skin look dry, dull, and wrinkled.
In other words, dehydration is the enemy of a summer-ready body.
The solution is simple: drink lots of water!
A good rule of thumb is to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. But if you can, aim for 12 glasses.
And if you find yourself struggling to down all that water, try sprucing up your H2O by adding some slices of lemon, lime, or cucumber. Just don’t make a foolish decision and substitute water for carbonated drinks or soda – cause that’s a surefire way to achieve the polar opposite of your goal.
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are not only healthy, but they also contain powerful antioxidants that are geared to protect the skin from cellular damage, help with weight loss, and flush out toxins from the body.
Free radicals, which are harmful byproducts of cellular metabolism that usually stem from smoking, drinking alcohol, and exposure to UV rays and pollution, can cause damage to collagen—a protein that’s responsible for keeping the skin looking firm and elastic.
If you want to avoid wrinkles and sagging skin—the perfect elements to make your body more summer-ready—make sure to load up on your fruits and vegetables.
Carrots, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin are great options because they contain a chemical known as Beta-carotene, which the body converts to Vitamin A—a nutrient that’s essential for glowing skin and clear eyesight.
Lose Weight, Naturally or Quickly
Anyone can tell you to “lose weight” and “eat healthily,” but not everyone knows how to do it quickly and effectively.
First things first: if you want to lose weight, you need to create a calorie deficit. This means that you need to consume fewer calories than your body needs.
Stick to a habit of eating light and healthy. After some amount of time, you’re guaranteed to see results.
However, if you’re in dire need of immediate results and find the natural way too slow, there is another option for you: liposuction.
Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that removes excess fat from the body. It’s usually done on problem areas such as the stomach, hips, and thighs.
The surgery is usually quick, and the recovery time is relatively short. Most people are usually able to return to their normal activities after a few days.
Confidence is Key
Let’s face it, you don’t have to fit anyone else’s beauty standards apart from your own. And if you’re especially hard on yourself, what’s to say that achieving your desired weight will make you feel any better?
Instead of constantly mulling over numbers on a scale, wear clothes that make you feel good. Be bold and authentically you. If you’re comfortable in your skin and you strut with confidence, people will naturally be drawn to you—regardless of your size, age, or weight.
And who knows, you might even inspire others who look like you to love themselves a little bit more, which can be the best summer feeling of all.
Aside from the usual benefits of getting at least 7 hours of sleep—such as improved mood, better concentration, and lower stress levels—sleeping without interruption can also repair your body.
During sleep, skin cells across your body regenerate. Dead cells, toxins, and other harmful substances all get expelled during this crucial period too.
So, if you want to wake up feeling refreshed and looking gorgeous, don’t skip out on sleep. Your body will thank you for it.
I am Kate, a dedicated health advocate. My purpose is to educate you regarding the most current wellness trends, offer science-backed insights to enhance your understanding, and present actionable tips to support you on your journey towards a healthier and happier life. Let us commence this wellness path together!