The summer is only a few months away, and if you’d like to strut your stuff on the beach this year, now is the time to start planning ahead. There are some things about our bodies that we can’t change, and it’s best to make peace with those sooner rather than later. But there are a few things that we can exercise (at least a little bit) of control over. Let’s start with these four.
If you already work out at least three times a week, then you’re on the right track. If not, it’s time to get started. Find a convenient 10-15 minutes of each day and occupy those minutes with activities that elevate your heart rate, cause sweating, and cause a burning sensation in your muscles. Try a run followed by a brief session of resistance training and bodyweight exercise like crunches and push-ups.
Stretching for at least five minutes every day elevates circulation and increases balance, flexibility, and posture. Formal yoga instruction can help, but even a little bit of self-guided stretching can provide a streamlined profile, some extra confidence and an improved sense of well-being.
Start with three servings of green vegetables a day. At least. Add some fruit, whole grain carbs and lean proteins like chicken and fish. Say no thanks to beef and pork, and skip the sugary soft drinks.
- Lighten up
When you’re working out to improve your performance in a specific sport, that’s one thing. When your goals include attracting glances, that’s another. In addition to your workout, pay some attention to stress management and get at least six hours of sleep every night. And lighten up. Laugh at least a few times a day. Look for the best in everyone you speak to. This can have a remarkable effect on your skin tone, posture, and overall impression.