Top 5 Get-Ready-for-Summer Tips
Dreaming of flip-flops and sunshine and jumping in the pool? Us, too! But in case you’re not 100-percent ready to put on your swimsuit or bare your full summer skin, here are a few tips we got for achieving your fitness goals from FitOrbit trainer, Melissa M.! No. 1 might be our fave…
5 Fit Tips to Get Ready for Summer
1. Do not diet. Yep, that’s what it says. Diets actually slow down your metabolism, which causes you to gain weight. When you lose weight by dieting alone, you also lose muscle mass. The loss of your muscle will slow down your metabolism. Instead, eat at least four to five small meals a day. This will help your body burn the fuel most efficiently.
2. Do not drink your calories. Unless you are juicing your own fruits and vegetables, sodas and many juices have very little nutritional value. These extra calories are added to your day, and the first ones you should drop. If you were to replace just one caloric drink a day with water, you can lose two pounds a month!
3. Change it up. Chances are you wouldn’t have even started reading this article if what you’re currently doing was working for you. You’ve hit a plateau from doing that same old routine over and over; it’s time to change it up! It is crucial to always confuse your muscles to ensure you get the most out of your workout. If muscle confusion confuses you, you might consider consulting a fitness expert, like the ones on FitOrbit!
4. Incorporate high-intensity interval (HIIT) workouts. We all have busy schedules and HIIT workouts can be done quickly, anywhere and with no equipment two to three times a week. With HIIT workouts, you get the most bang for your buck. You’ll get more out of your workout in 20 minutes of interval training than most people on the elliptical for an hour. In order to ensure you’re working out at the right intensity level, products like BodyMedia’s armband track how hard you’re exercising and how many calories you’re burning.
5. Pass on the salt. High-salt foods cause your body to retain water, which gives you a bloated belly. To get rid of excess salt and water weight, actually drink more water. Water helps flush the salt from your system. You can shed that bloat with this one tip.
Thanks to FitOrbit for the tips! Are you ready for summer? What summer fun are you most pumped for? —Jenn