The first days of summer mean the sun is coming out and it is time to reveal those abs, shoulders and arms. For some, it is a good thing and for others, there is room for improvement. Here are 4 effective ways to get in shape, and stay in shape, for the upcoming summer season.
Exercise at least 5 days per week
What do you need to get in the best shape of your life? 60 minutes of vigorous exercise at least 5 days per week. What about the other 2 days? Light activity is best to facilitate recovery and burn calories. If you get bored easily doing the same routine day in and day out, feel free to mix it up. On Monday, go for a long walk. Play tennis on Tuesday. Go for a swim at a local pool, take a long bike ride or hike on the other days. This should be enjoyable, don’t trap yourself into things you do not enjoy!
Make Sure You Are In A Calorie Deficit
People like to ignore this one, likely because it actually requires work. There are 3500 calories in a pound of fat. If you cut your calories by 500 calories per day, multiply that by 7 days and there is a 3500 calorie deficit! That 3500 calorie deficit would lead to 1 lb. of body fat lost. Combine this with exercise and you are almost guaranteed to win the fat against the fat covering up your midsection. The only variable is length of time it will take as some have more body fat than others.
Consult a Personal Trainer
Personal trainers devote themselves to being a better health and fitness expert everyday. Even in today’s times, you can now work with a trainer strictly online, virtually through platforms like Zoom, FaceTime, or Skype and even in person. Everyone needs accountability and trainers provide exactly that.
Lifting weights properly strengthens your musculoskeletal system and helps keep your bones strong. A strength training program is key in developing a strong, attractive looking body. Building muscle also helps you burn more calories, which in turn, helps you lose more weight!
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