Ignore The Hype
There is plenty of information out there about short-term workouts that can get you in summer shape in only a few weeks. But, even if possible, you'll have to drastically change your lifestyle and diet all at once. Meanwhile, the long-term result will likely see you cycling back to less-healthy choices.
Remember: A bikini body is always in season, regardless of the weather.
Starting your summer body workout now rather than changing your life for a whole month is a much more realistic approach. You'll create healthy habits that will be easier to maintain in the long run. Creating that summer body can be hard work, so give yourself plenty of time to spare.
Let's face it, when the weather is less than ideal, it can be easy to hibernate and lose motivation to continue working hard at the gym. Keeping yourself on track can be a challenge, but hardly impossible. Here's some things you can do to keep your motivation level high:
Don't Obsess About The Scale
Some people get frustrated when they don't see immediate results that are obvious on the scale. While it's good to weigh yourself at the beginning (and monitor it from time to time) focus instead on how you look in the mirror.
Bring your gym bag to work. It's too easy to go home after work and head immediately for the couch when the weather is dreary.
Don't Fear Eating
That's right — if you're hungry, eat. Starving yourself can actually slow down your metabolism and inspire you to go on an unhealthy eating binge later. Just keep in mind the kinds of food you are eating and portion control.
Take Advantage Of The Weekend
It can be easy to waste away a weekend winding down from a long week. Make the most of those extra free hours by concentrating on your fitness.
Try A Class
If you feel like you can't motivate yourself on your own, a fitness class might be a perfect fit. You'll share the experience with others and a professional trainer will guide you along.
Working with personal trainer like Ralph Roberts can keep you motivated and on track, too. Contact Ralph at the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo to discuss your fitness needs.