No matter if you’re 20 or 50, getting your body ready for summer is a challenge. Between the stress of work and family life, it’s tough to find the time to eat healthy food and exercise regularly. But follow these simple steps – which can be easily fit into your normal routine – and your body will thank you in the long run!
We’ll start off with the important stuff: If you don’t have a good diet, there is no point in going to the gym and working out. Your body will lack all the necessary nutrients and won’t function as it should. Therefore:
- Get rid of junk food from your fridge and eat more fresh veggies and fruits instead
- Swap white pasta for whole wheat or brown rice
- Try to eat more fish and less red meat (meat is still good, just not as much as before)
You don’t necessarily need to do anything drastic. Just replacing a few meals now and then will already bring huge benefits! However, you should keep doing whatever you usually do – only eat more fresh food.
Now onto the working out part: If you don’t want to work out, don’t do it! But if you’re looking forward to bulking up or just getting rid of that nasty holiday belly, then this is what has to be done.
Start with doing some cardio for at least 20-30 minutes. The longer, the better. If you can run or bike outside, that’s great! Otherwise just do some interval training on your elliptical machine at home.
After this, start with light dumbbell workouts for your arms and shoulders. Feel free to add some different exercises if you want! Just keep it simple in the beginning.
For your legs, try to do squats with a barbell. If that is too hard, then just grab some dumbbells and do some squats.
After this, start doing cardio again – 20-30 minutes of it will suffice! After this, add in another round with weight exercises for your abs and back.
Once you’ve tried this for two weeks, you can start adding more weight to your exercises. But only do one or two extra rounds! You don’t wan’t to get injured because of overdoing it in the beginning!
Make sure you keep drinking at least 2-3 liters of water every day. Also, try not to eat within two hours before going to bed. If you go to sleep with a full stomach, your body will have more work to do while you’re sleeping and won’t get the chance to recover from everything that happened that day!
After a few weeks of this program, your body will be ready for the summer! Just make sure you don’t overdo it and listen to your body. If something hurts, take a break from working out until it feels better! It’s key not to get injured during the summer because nobody wants to miss out on all the beach fun!
Good luck on getting ready for the summer! Diet and workouts only provide one part of the equation – but they both are very important nonetheless.
If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to comment down below. I’ll be glad to hear from you!