Summer. It is the season that most people love, and the season that we wait for all year around. However, this season screams beach, beach and more beach. So if you have not started getting in shape yet, you should probably start now. Here are a few tips to how to get started before summer season comes around.
START WITH A PLAN
The very first step is to define your overall goal. Do you want a flatter stomach, skinnier legs or just a more toned body? When do you want to reach this goal and is it realistic? Also, plan ahead how many times you want to hit the gym or go for a run – and stick to them. If you have a full time job or education, you might want to plan when you exercise. Some people prefer to do it in the morning, while others in the evening. It truly depends on your energy level, so a good idea is to figure out at what time you get the most out of your workout.
WRITE IT DOWN
Second of, it can be a good idea to write your plan down. If you are an organized and structured person, you will love this. Take two pieces of paper – one for your workout and one for your diet. Write down all the plans and rules you made. E.g. Start the morning with lemon water. Avoid carbs, sugar etc. After you have finished your plans, hang them on the fridge or somewhere in your home, where you will see it everyday.
GET RID OF ALL SNACKS/CANDY IN YOUR HOUSE
Now it is time to clean up in your kitchen. Throw out all the unhealthy food you have or give it to your neighbors (the fatter others are, the skinnier you look lol). When you have cleared your kitchen from any temptations, you can go to the supermarket and get some healthy food. Vegetables and fruit can be a really nice substitute for candy, so make sure to get plenty of that. Also vegetables can be prepared and cooked in many different ways, so you will never get tired of eating the same over and over.
TELL PEOPLE ABOUT IT
A good idea can be to share your plan with others. This will help you stick to it, as you will feel more pressured by the people around you. You might even find someone who wants to join in on your plan and get in shape with you. This is the best form of motivation, as you will have a partner helping you and vice versa.
STICK TO IT
This is the last, and probably the most difficult step. It is super easy in the beginning, because it is fun, new and you feel proud of your new lifestyle. However, it will get difficult sticking to it after a week or two. There will be ups and downs, major mood swings, a lot of stress and you will feel like all your time is spent in the gym or in the kitchen preparing meals.
All this can not be prevented, however there are ways to keep yourself motivated and happy. Always have in mind why you are doing this – every time you step on the treadmill, think about how you will feel when it is over. Look for inspiration – I personally love Pinterest and Instagram, which is where I get most of my inspiration from.
… Now you should be ready to start working on you summer body. As a basic rule just remember to eat healthy and exercise daily, then you should be good to go. Good luck.