Get in Shape Just in Time for Summer

If you’re like most, you want to be In shape for your summer debut. But, like many, you’ve waited until the last minute. Luckily, it’s never too late to start a fitness routine to get in shape. With the support of a healthy eating plan and a solid workout routine, you can see improvements in a matter of weeks.

Start with the right exercise routine

Be sure to choose the right exercises for the areas you hide all winter long.

For your lower abdomen, try hip lifts off of an exercise ball and leg lifts (or raises) while lying flat. Because they’re more effective than crunches, lifts will supercharge your workout and help you get In-Shape for summer fast.

7 workouts to get you in shape just in time for summer

Planning

The key to success is to create a plan for yourself that you can follow every day. Planning is important to achieve the best results and if you aren’t determined to get in shape, you may not get the results you expect.

Keeping a journal is a great idea, since it keeps you well organized.When writing down your goals, it will be a lot easier to achieve them.. A personal fitness journal will help you to know where you started and where are you now, so it will be easy to track your progress. A successful workout program requires tracking and progression, says Brynn Jinnett, owner of Refine Method in New York City. By keeping tabs of your fitness, you'll be more inclined to improve it. Create a baseline fitness test, making sure to include moves that measure the strength of all of your major muscles

Diet

Shop for fruits and integrate them into your daily diet, instead of snacks. When hunger strikes you, consume fruits that will provide your body with a sufficient amount of energy, without taking in extra calories. However, make sure that you consume fruits cautiously, since they all contain sugar. Eat smaller more frequent meals. (Around 5-6) portions should be enough to satisfy you until your next meal 2-3 hours later. Eat your biggest meal in the morning and slowly taper off the calories as the day moves on. For your last meal of the day try eating just protein and all the green veggies you want. Be sure to drink plenty of water! Try to get a 1/2 gallon to a gallon a day within the next 2 weeks. Try to stay away from eating within 2-3 hours before going to bed.

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