Over the past few, well, let’s stop right there. Ever since 9th grade of high school, I’ve been seeking out ways to confidently step out onto the sandy beaches with a “yes! This is my body!” sort of attitude.
Now that I’m a 23-year-old working professional, can buy cuter bikinis and stopped eating cheetos for breakfast, now is the time.
Maybe you’re a mother of three, a 30-year-old male in cybersecurity or 62 and planting your first retirement garden– whoever you are, you can benefit from any or all of these life tips.
It’s never too late to get in shape, especially with tanning season in session.
So, here are the three ways to finally get that “beach bod” you’ve always wanted, but never had, the healthy way.
1. High Intensity Interval Classes/Training
You’ve probably heard personal trainers at your gym mention this in passing, or maybe you saw it on one of those Xfinity fitness commercials. This type of exercise really does work.
I’ve been doing it for the past couple months, and noticed the difference immediately. You don’t need any weights, you’re constantly moving and you don’t even need to do it for that long!
Research shows that just 15 minutes of HIIT three times a week gets you better results than an hour on the treadmill. So no need to dread that 6.0 pace for a whole Game of Thrones episode long.
You even burn calories for about two hours after you do a high intensity exercise, and it’s better for your heart to go between rest and high intensity exercises. It increases the flexibility of your arteries! So do a youtube search! I personally like this video.
2. Drink Green Tea for Breakfast
That green delicious, hot beverage, does more than just taste good– it sets your day and belly up for success.
It increases your fat burning potential and boosts your metabolic rate, making it the perfect thing to sip on as you head out the door. Several studies point to green tea as a body fat reducer, especially in the torso everyone!
3. Do yoga
Ever looked at a yoga teacher? You might notice something: their slender frame and strong build.
Whether we want a beach bod or not, the benefits of becoming a yogi are far too great to never try. Yoga is a triple threat. It increases: flexibility and strength and balances digestion.
There are certain poses designed to tone your body, and since your core engages practically with every move, we can tend to that pesky belly problem. Yoga’s twisting poses aid in optimal digestion, so you’ll have no more clogged feelings. If you’re like me, you bloat and feel gross easily. Yoga makes sure to clear those toxins.
And it should come as no surprise that it reduces your stress levels. Yoga’s breathing techniques assist in relaxation, diminishing those fight-or-flight responses. The calmer you are, the less likely you are to reach for things to cope.
Oh! There’s a cookie! Help me, cookie! I’m sad, sore, angry, etc!
With a few yoga classes under your belt, you’ll be able to manage your stress and avoid feeling overwhelmed. Instead of dessert, perhaps you’ll be saying “Yoga! Green tea! HIIT! Help!”
Good luck, all. Wishing you the best bod this year and hardwork can give ya.