Get your bikini body ready for summer

Yes, you read that right—summer. We’re about to wrap up March, and slide on into April, and before you know it, it’ll be June and you’ll be wondering what the heck even happened to May. The point is, if you want to look good in that cute bikini you bought on sale at the end of last summer, and you still haven’t quite lost the few extra pounds you put on over the holidays, now is the time to ramp it up, hop on the treadmill, and start slimming down.

Oh, and don’t think you’re exempt just because we’re talking about bikini bodies and you’re a guy. If you plan on putting swim trunks on this summer, you want to be able to see them when you look down, right? And let’s be honest. If you plan on impressing any girls at the beach, it’ll be a lot easier with at least the beginnings of a six-pack rather than a keg. If you start now, you can have that bikini body ready just in time to hit the beach on the first day of summer.

Lay Off The Junk

It’s easy to make excuses to eat the wrong kinds of foods. It’s the holidays. It’s a special occasion. It’s the weekend and I’ll go back to my healthy diet on Monday. Before you know it, you’ve put on ten pounds and you’re lucky if you can get one leg into that bikini, let alone both. If you want to look great by summer, you need to lay off the junk.

Dieting doesn’t necessarily mean depriving yourself, though. First, eat balanced meals that include lean proteins and plenty of vegetables. Avoid fried foods, or those laden with high-calorie sauces. If you tend to snack throughout the day, replace the chips, cookies, candy, and other unhealthy treats with healthier options like carrot and celery sticks, or an apple or other fresh fruit. You don’t have to starve to lose weight.

Get Off The Couch

When you put on weight, you’ll probably feel sluggish. Your energy level will decrease, and by the end of a long word day, all you want to do is sit in front of the TV. Add inactivity to the unhealthy eating, and you’ll not only put on weight faster, you put yourself at risk for things like heart disease and diabetes. What more motivation do you need to get moving?

Before you start a workout regimen, get a physical. If it’s been a while since you exercised, start out slowly. Don’t expect to be able to go out and run five miles right off the bat. In fact, if you need to lose more weight than just a few extra pounds, you may want to consider a low-impact workout to avoid putting too much stress on your joints. An elliptical trainer gives you a great cardio workout while helping to protect your joints. Try to build up your workout time until you’re getting at least 30 minutes a day.

Don’t Put It Off

When it comes to getting in shape, procrastination is your enemy. It’s very easy to fall into a pattern of putting off eating right and exercising, waiting for the right time to start. I’ll start Monday. I’ll start after my birthday so I can have cake. I’ll start when the weather warms up and I can walk outside.

The thing is, there really is a best time to start—right now. Don’t wait for Monday, and don’t depend on the weather to cooperate. Start now. Go to the grocery store and buy healthier foods. If you live somewhere where winter lasts a little longer and it’s not feasible to walk outside, buy a treadmill and set it up in your home so you can work out whenever you like, regardless of what it’s like outside. The longer you put off eating right and getting in shape, the more difficult it will be, and the less time you’ll have to make it happen before it’s time to slip on that bikini.

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