10 tips for getting bikini ready for Memorial Day Weekend

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

10 tips for getting bikini ready for Memorial Day Weekend

I love Memorial Day weekend! It is the unofficial start of summer, and the short-shorts and bikinis are out in full force. I'm always super gung ho to get really fit during the last month before Memorial Day weekend, and this year is no different. Since I know that I'm not the only one, I am sharing my tips and tricks for getting bikini ready for Memorial Day weekend!
  1. Combine Cardio with Weights: This is one of the fastest ways to lose fat and increase muscle (and no weights won't make you bulky). Each day, devote 20 minutes to cardio and 10 minutes to lifting, and you will start seeing results in only a few short days.
  2. Track what you eat: Last week, I posted about the app My FitnessPal. Not only does it track your calories, but will also calculate your calories based on how much weight you want to lose (or gain). If you don't want to get the app, write down everything you eat in a journal. Tracking what you eat will keep you more accountable.
  3. Workout for at least 30 minutes: I am learning a lot studying for my personal trainer certification, and one thing that has stuck with me is that it takes, at least, 20 minutes for the body to start burning fat. Adding in the extra 10 minutes will help you burn more fat each day.
  4. Eat carbs: Another thing I learned studying for my personal trainer certification is that you need carbs. Like really, don't remove carbs from your diet. They provide energy, and they are necessary for the body to function. Your body will even break down muscle into carbs (in a process called gluconeogenesis), which isn't good. Now, I'm not saying eat potato chips, but some complex carbs will go a long way (like brown rice or sweet potatoes).
  5. Stretch: People forget about stretching, but it's necessary to prevent injury. You don't want a setback this month, so make sure you stretch after each workout.
  6. Make your workouts fun: Burn out happens to even the most elite athletes, so add a fun element to your workout, twice a week. A dance class or a hike is perfect. You want to get a workout in, but you don't want it to feel like a workout.
  7. Have a cheat Meal: Generally people have a cheat day, which can actually derail your progress if you go all out. Instead, allow yourself 3 cheat meals a week. Use it for a happy hour with coworkers, brunch with friends, or a date. You won't feel as guilty, and it's easier to get back on track.
  8. Set Goals: The overall goal is to look bikini ready for Memorial Day weekend, but it's important to set smaller goals during this time as well. Try to do 100 push-ups one day. Or spend a week getting your mile run under 10 minutes. The smaller goals will keep you motivated.
  9. Reward yourself: Rewarding yourself will also keep you motivated. You don't want your rewards to be food related, but try something like purchasing that new pair of shoes you've been eying. Or going on a mini-vacation.
  10. Keep Going: After Memorial Day is done and you've had your fun in the sun, keep going. Continue to workout and eat healthy. This way you'll look good regardless of the day, time, or season!

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