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5 Tips To Get Your Body Ready For The Summer

By | Behavior Change, bootcamps, Mindset, Uncategorized

Spring breaks are over and the days are getting longer!  Summer is just around the corner and the desire to look and feel your best is about at its highest.

So how do you ensure that this summer is better than any other summer you have experienced so far?  You know, a summer where you look forward to going to the beach or the neighborhood pool.  Or maybe you aren’t into the water, but want to wear that strapless dress, or short skirt.

In honor of summer times soon to come, I want to share 5 ways this summer can be your best.

1.  Reflect on past summers. I encourage my clients to look back at the last 5-10 summers. When were you feeling and looking your best?  How about when were you at your worst?  Learning from the past is a great way to make sure the future is bright.

Those summers where you were really happy at where you were at… what had you done for the 3-6 months leading up to the summer, and what did you do during the summer?

Similarly, the summers that weren’t so good, what did you, or didn’t you do leading up to the summer to prevent you from getting in shape?

I am amazed when I hear people complaining about how the look and feel, and when I ask them what they are planning on doing differently, they don’t even know.

Einstein once said: “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

2.  Variety is the spice of life.  The people who seem to be the most fit, and less prone to injury are the ones that play a variety of sports, or participate many different activities.  If you are doing Fit Fun Bootcamp or the Fit Moms For Life DVDs, also try some other activities.  They might include biking, swimming, dancing, yoga, pilates, kayaking or whatever else you can think of.

Not only will it make your body more well rounded (not in the physical sense 🙂 ) but it will keep boredom from setting in.

3.  Show off your worst body parts. I got this idea from Arnold Schwartzenegger.  Back when he was young he had very skinny calves which he was embarrassed about.  Instead of keeping them covered up, he cut all of his jeans off at the knees to the world could see them.  This made him very self conscious and he spent extra time working his calves and eventually got them to a pretty good size.

So if you don’t like your arm, wear sleeveless shirts, if you don’t like your stomach, wear a tight shirt.  I bet you will think twice about getting a second dessert or reaching for that beer if you feel your arms flapping or your stomach suction cupped to your shirt. Read More