10 Of the Best Beach Body Tips
Spring is just around the corner and Summer will be here before we know it. Warm sunny days spent on the beach splashing and relaxing with your loved ones is what it’s all about, right? Just thinking of the fun times ahead on Topsail Island probably brought a smile to your face, but hang on. With the beach comes the dreaded “B” word… bathing suits. We all want to look decent and not be worried about our bodies on vacation and that’s where we step in! We’ve put together a fantastic list of 10 of the best beach body tips that you can put into place now for a smokin’ hot beach bod in just a few short months.
1. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
We know, we know. You’ve heard this a thousand times, but drinking water really is one of the most important keys to burning fat, building muscle, and keeping your body running in tip-top shape. So many of our bodily functions depend on water and when you’re not drinking enough, you’re breaking down essential functions. Water is used by our bodies to flush out toxins, cushion joints and vital organs such as the brain and spinal cord, and our blood is even composed of around 90% water. The Mayo Clinic recommends drinking at least 64 ounces of water daily, or eight 8-ounce glasses.
2. WALK MORE
has a huge amount of awesome benefits. Not only does walking promote
cardiovascular health by getting your blood pumping, but it also helps keep
your bones strong, promotes flexibility, helps burn fat, and is great for your
lungs. Walking has wonderful physical benefits and is also known to increase
mental function and clarity as well. Why not enjoy a sunrise walk on the beach after
a great nights rest at one of these awesome oceanfront Topsail vacation rentals?
3. SKIP THE CARDIO, HIT THE WEIGHTS
Cardio exercises are great for heart health and function as they increase blood flow, which in turn helps keeps your arteries nice and clean. However, if you really want to get serious about losing weight and/or building muscle, hit the weight pile. Now ladies, hear us out. Normal weightlifting will NOT make you look like the Hulk- ever. Weightlifting is a super-efficient and effective way to shed fat, lose weight, and get lean and toned. Join a local gym and take
advantage of their weights or if you already have weights at home, check out this website that has 6 moves every beginner should know (along with how-to videos).
4. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
Intensity Interval Training, better known as HIIT, is a workout routine
composed of a burst of a specific workout followed by a short rest. For
example, you could do 30 seconds of intense jump rope followed by 15 seconds of
rest. You continue this cycle (switching up exercises if you wish) until you’re
done. The great thing about HIIT is you don’t have to put in hours and hours at the gym to see results. 10 to 15 minutes a few times a week is all you need
(paired with light exercise on your non-HIIT days and a healthy diet) to start seeing results. The key to being successful with HIIT is giving your workout 110% and putting everything you have into it. HIIT is also something the whole family can join in on, especially younger kids. With all of that energy, they’ll love jumping around and burning off steam.
5. WATCH YOUR DIET
head the saying, “Abs are made in the kitchen?” Well it’s true. Exercise is extremely
important to your overall health and chiseling out that beach body but if you’re
not properly fueling your body, it can’t perform as intended. A few simple ways
to clean up your diet are to lose the soft drinks and only drink water, cut out
the junk (like cakes, ice-cream, cookies), reduce your intake of white colored
food (carbs that turn into sugar), and load up on fresh meat, veggies, and
6. Get More Sleep
We could all probably use a little extra sleep. Getting the proper amount of sleep is essential to losing weight and working on that beach body since it reduces stress levels, promotes weight loss, and improves your overall mood. Sleeping at least eight hours a night has been shown to increase weight loss in numerous studies, compared to people who didn’t get enough sleep. Your body also uses sleep as a time to recover and build muscle after working out, so it’s really important to get enough sleep if you’re lifting weights. Now you have an excuse for those Saturday afternoon catnaps.
Yoga is an excellent way to calm your mind, stretch, and work on your flexibility. Yoga can help strengthen and tone every muscle in your body and has been practiced for numerous health benefits for over 5,000 years. Not only can yoga help improve your mental health, tone your muscles, and increase your flexibility, but it can also help improve your lung, cardiovascular, and circulatory health. Grab a mat, hit the relaxing beaches of Topsail, and get your namaste on.
8. Group Fitness Classes
and accountability are two factors that often play a large role in the success
of losing weight and getting fit. People are typically more likely to stick to something
when they are being held accountable and have friends or family running along beside
them. Check out your local fitness classes (a lot of community centers offer
great free classes!) like Zumba, kickboxing, or Pilates just to name a few. If
group classes aren’t your thing, grab a friend or family member and workout with them. Motivate each other, laugh, and learn together as you travel down the road to awesome beach bodies!
9. Stick to the Plan
changing your lifestyle for health and fitness goals or reasons, it’s easy to
get off track or even discouraged in the beginning. Maybe you’re missing those
Mountain Dews, craving cheesecake, or just not seeing any progress. Be patient!
Getting the beach body you’ve always wanted won’t happen overnight, but if you
stick with your plan, you will see results. One thing that may help you see progress
when the scale’s not budging is to take weekly measurements of your chest,
hips, waist, and thighs. Often when the scale’s not showing progress, your body
is still changing.
10. Forget About that Bikini and Love Your Body for What It Is
we hope making an effort to be healthy is a part of your daily life, life is
too short to stress over every little dimple, wrinkle, or so called “imperfection”
you may have. Our bodies are amazing and can do some pretty incredible things. Don’t
beat yourself up if you don’t look like a swimsuit model… nobody really looks
like that in real life anyway. So put on that bikini, strut out on the beach,
and have a blast making memories that will last a lifetime.
Motivated to work on that beach body yet? We sure are! Being healthy is so important and here at Island Real Estate, we want everyone to be happy, healthy, and living their best life. Give these great tips a try and show off your beach body this Summer when you visit us at Topsail Island. See you on the beach!
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