It is fine to want to look and feel good in your swimsuit this summer, but remember that getting fit is about more than weight; it is about strength, endurance, and good health, too.
You want to have energy to enjoy the outdoors this summer, and getting into shape will help you make the most of the warm season. Follow these few steps to get yourself in shape before the summer.
1 Set a goal beyond weight
Do not hang all your expectations and motivations on a number on the scale. With weight loss, plateaus are common. If you set yourself a goal beyond the immediate, you are likely to maintain your motivation. Endurance and strength you gain from exercise will help you achieve these goals, no matter what the scale says.
2 Strength-training is so important
Building lean muscle burns fat. When you lift weights, your body can burn for anything up to 36 hours after training. As little as 20 to 30 minutes weight training will help you achieve this, along with strength and endurance.
3 Keep a food diary
It can educate, guide and inspire - and it will be the first thing a nutritionist, personal trainer, or dietitian asks you to do. A food diary can reveal all sorts of patterns in your eating habits of which you are probably unaware. Keep a log of everything you eat for at least seven days, and any symptoms (tired, energized, bloated, etc, ). It is also useful to write down how you felt before eating. Were you stressed, had a craving, were you tired or bored or lonely? This could reveal patterns surrounding the choices you are making about what you eat.
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