Even though it's the beginning of June and summer officially starts in a couple of weeks, it's never too late to start working on your summer body!
Yes, everyone has a body so everyone has a "bikini body," but let's be real here: most people generally enjoy themselves better, especially wearing the smallest amount of clothing possible (hello summer), when they feel good about themselves. Eating healthy and exercising regularly genuinely makes me happy!
It's a bit tricky to feel like I'm in my tip-top summer shape when I'm in college nine months of the year (all those drinks and southern fried foods, ya feel me?), so I get excited to come home for the summertime so I can focus on feeling my best.
I love health and fitness (should have been my major, TBH), so here are my top tips to get nice and healthy for bikini season.
Let's get into it.
Find inspiration I like to have semi-realistic goals for eating right and exercising. A big change I made a couple of years ago was accepting my body type and working towards making that the best it could be, rather than wanting a completely different one. Wanting to have Candice Swanepoel's body is great and all, but realistically I don't have her body type at all. But, using Natasha Oakley as inspiration is more realistic for me considering we have the same body shape (minus the fact hers is much more perfect). Pinterest is great for health and fitness, especially secret boards. I have a board of my "body inspiration" so I can picture what I'm working for a little better.
Keep it green I have done two cleanses in the past year, and after the second one I went crazy for green juice. You have to find the right balance of ingredients, because green juice can quickly turn from delicious and refreshing to tasting like liquified grass. They are so so so good for you, and I always feel better after drinking one!
Become FitBit obsessed Last summer I bought myself a FitBit Flex just for fun. Little did I know that I would become crazy obsessed with it very quickly. I wear it every single day and check the app multiple times per day. Basically, FitBit is a step counter that also tracks calories burned, distance, and active minutes. You can also track sleep and calories consumed, or you can sync it with a calorie-tracking app such as Lose It! or My Fitness Pal. I try to meet my step and calorie goals every day, and I've definitely gotten more active since wearing my FitBit.
Limit alc As much as it pains me to say, put down the wine and switch it for water. I'm a hypocrite because believe me, I definitely don't abstain from alcohol consumption, but I'm completely aware that drinking is one of the worst things for your body. If you want to feel better and skinnier, drop alcohol for a week or two and feel (and see) the difference!
Abs are made in the kitchen Piggybacking off of things that are bad for your body, weight loss is 80% eating well and 20% exercising. So, even if you work out a ton, it won't make that much of a difference if you're eating crap.
Log on My Fitness Pal I've been tracking what I eat almost every day since I was 14. That sounds super depressing, and it kind of is, but it helps me know what works and what doesn't for my body. I have quite a slow metabolism, so I have to be a little more careful of what I eat, as well as work out more. I used to use Lose It! but I started logging on My Fitness Pal a couple of years ago and I really like it. It's super helpful that it works with FitBit, too.
Run it out Running is ridiculously effective for losing weight and toning up. Unfortunately I can only run like twice a week because I have really bad shin splints, but it's still good enough to make a difference! One day I do an HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) running workout at the gym, and another day I'll run long distance outside.
Guzzle H20 I carry my water bottle around with me everywhere because it's a nice little reminder to drink more water! Water helps flush out fat, so if you drink a lot of water and are working hard to burn fat, you'll see results quicker.
Switch it up I get bored really easily, so I like to change up what exercises I do so my body doesn't get too used to each thing. If I work out six days a week, I'll run for two days, I'll do strength training for two more days, and then I'll either just go on the ellptical and stair master at the gym, go to Bikram yoga, do a kickboxing workout, or go to a spin class for the last two days.
Plan everything I'm almost to an OCD level of organized for my calendar. I have iCal on my phone and computer, and I literally have my day planned out to the minute. I always make sure to make time for working out and physically block off an hour per day so I really don't have any excuses.