27 Mar 4 Tips to Get in Shape for Summer
Is anybody else seriously so over the winter? It’s technically spring, but we’ve yet to see many signs of it, at least here in Massachusetts. Personally, the cold weather is really starting to get to me and lately it’s been killing my motivation to workout. Luckily, the warm weather is coming (fingers crossed!) and with that we all want to look and feel our best. If you need a little help getting your body ready for summer, check out my top tips for getting your fitness back on track.
#1 – Schedule your workouts
The number 1 thing I do, when I’m trying to get myself out of a workout slump and back on track, is, schedule my workouts. For me I do this on Sunday nights. I look at the week ahead and figure out what my busiest days will be vs. which days I will have more free time to schedule a longer workout like a leg day or a total body workout. Days that I don’t have a lot of time, I usually schedule cardio / abs or a quick bodyweight workout with high intensity interval moves (try this one).
Most of the time, I even run or walk to and from work, just to fit in some sort of activity. I like to use my weekly planner to map out each week and then use a monthly calendar to write down the workouts that I’ve completed. At the end of the month you can review the monthly calendar to see just how active you were compared to how active you planned to be. This is also a good way to really hold yourself accountable and see how you can improve in the next month (more on this in a coming post!).
#2 – Drink more water
If we are dehydrated, we will feel tired and sluggish and not have the motivation needed to even think about working out. You’ve likely heard this before, but you should aim to be drinking eight 8oz glasses of water per day. This can be hard to keep track of, so what I like to do is get the large (54 oz) essence water bottles. This way I know I need to drink one large bottle plus a glass or two to get my recommended water intake for the day (8, 8oz glasses of water per day: 8×8 = 64 oz). I know other people love refilling their favorite water bottle 8 times throughout the day or if your my sister, carrying around a gallon of water and making sure you drink it all in one day 😉 – whatever works for you, as long as you are upping your water intake and hydrating your body. Do you have a favorite strategy for getting your daily water intake? Let me know in the comments below.
#3 – Just move / Change it up
Keep things simple. You don’t have to jump into a strict and intense schedule of working out 5 days a week for 1 hour, you just need to start moving. Start by going for walks, stretching or practicing yoga. Just start moving your body more and sitting less. Once you get your body moving again, it will crave more, because physical activity makes us feel good and the results we see keep us motivated to continue. As a good reference point, aim for 10,000-15,000 steps per day (5-8 miles).
If you’ve been keeping up with your fitness all winter, but maybe find yourself in a rut like me, change up your routine. Try out a new fitness class or if you’re like me and you prefer home workouts, buy a new piece of fitness equipment and get creative. For help with what workouts to do, check back here soon as we have a lot of new workouts coming your way.
#4 – Accountability
It’s easier to workout consistently and get back on track if you have someone holding you accountable. Whether it’s a friend you schedule a weekly run or workout session with or a family member, friend or coach you check in with daily, find someone to hold you accountable. Something that also really helps me, is envisioning what I’m trying to accomplish, whether it’s wanting to feel confident in a bikini or rock my favorite summer shorts – this is what I think about to motivate myself to get my workouts done, especially when I really don’t feel like it. They say summer bodies are built in the winter, right?
Most importantly, stay positive! It’s so easy to pick ourselves apart, but try your best to be positive and grateful for who you are – love yourself no matter what. If you keep a positive mindset and follow the tips above, you will be feeling confident and strong in no time.
Let us know what types of workouts you’d like to see in the comments below and check back soon for some fun and challenging workouts to get your body ready for summer.