Spring is here and there are only 6 weeks or so until Memorial Day…Will your body be ready?
As of April 22nd, there are only six weeks left until the big unveiling! Will you be swimsuit and tank top ready? If not, stop making excuses and make a commitment to yourself today. You could potentially lose 6-10 lbs. by Memorial Day (1-1.5 pounds each week) and 16-25 pounds by Labor Day!
Here are some quick and easy tips to get you bathing suit and tank top ready by Memorial Day.
Start Slow but Steady: Don’t become a weekend warrior. Try to get some exercise 3-4 times per week on alternate days. One of the best ways to get injured or sore is to go hard all weekend and do nothing during the week.‘
Avoid All Out Efforts Until You Build a Solid Base of Fitness: Depending upon how much inactivity you had over the winter, it could take as long as 6 weeks to re-establish a solid fitness base. Start your exercise program with slow, steady aerobic sessions. When you add intervals or all-out efforts, make sure you allow enough rest and recovery (at least 48 hours) between those hard effort-training days.
Follow a Training Program and Keep Records: If you really want to build back up to optimal fitness, it helps to establish a training plan and stick with it. There are many training programs for all types of sports and having one is not only good motivation, but it helps keep you from doing too much too soon.
Cut Yourself Some Slack: If you took the winter off; don’t expect to be back to peak fitness in a week or two. It’s ok to go slow and just enjoy being outside again. There’s plenty of summer left, so don’t worry about going a bit slower in the beginning.
Train with Others at Your Fitness Level: If you can find a few people with the same fitness level and goals as you, it can help you progress at a good pace. Training with those who are farther along will only encourage you to overdo it and get injured in your training. Workouts with more fit people can be motivating and help you improve, but only after you have a good solid base to work with, otherwise they can be harmful.
Create A Support System: Having a strong support system, made up of friends, family, a coach or a strong team is an important part of becoming successful in your training. Spring training is an essential time to turn to your closest allies for motivation.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there, have fun and GET ready for summer!