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5 Important Steps toward that Perfect Beach Body

Written by drtweedt

Getting the perfect beach body that you’ve always wanted takes work, but the payoff for that work will be well worth it. There’s more to getting your body ready for the beach than just doing a few basic exercises, and you’ll need to know how different muscle groups work together to tone your body and build the physique you ultimately desire. Here are five things to keep in mind while working toward your ideal body so you’ll be ready for the beach when the time comes.

  • Set Goals
    The key here is to set multiple achievable goals, not just an overall goal that will seem miles away once you start working toward it. Having an overall goal is important, but by creating smaller milestones you’ll actually have incremental steps to work toward that all feed into that larger goal. You can choose how you want to structure your goals, and whether you want to measure them in inches, pounds, or just the way you look in the mirror.
  • Adjust Your Diet
    It’s been said that you can’t out-exercise a bad diet, and you’ll probably need to make some changes to what you eat if you plan on being ready to show off your beach body. Cut back on carbs and fatty foods, up your leafy green intake, and start bringing your daily caloric intake down to create a calorie deficit which will help fuel weight loss. A nutritionist can help you to create a diet that’s right for you without the health risks associated with some fad-of-the-week diet plans.
  • Burn the Fat
    Cardio is king when it comes to fat-burning exercise. Running, swimming, biking, jump rope, aerobics… they’re all great ways to burn calories, which increases that calorie deficit and makes your body burn more fat. It may take a little while for you to notice some of the results because your body burns fat from all over (which means that you may notice your arms and legs becoming thinner before that stubborn belly fat seems to budge), but as you keep exercising, you’ll start seeing steady results.
  • Tone the Muscle
    While you’re doing cardio to burn fat, you should also add in strength training to build and tone your muscles. Lift weights or choose different strength-training exercises that focus on different major muscle groups, working on not only your arms but also your legs, abs, chest, and back. You should also keep in mind that muscle has weight too, so you might not lose weight as quickly because the weight of your muscle is replacing the weight of the fat you’ve burned off. You’ll certainly notice the difference in the mirror, though.

Keep At It!

It isn’t always easy to get in shape and sculpt the body you want for the beach. Breaking bad dietary habits can be hard, and sticking to an exercise routine containing both cardio and strength training can be even harder. This is why it’s important to force yourself to stick with it until it becomes habit, and to celebrate each and every milestone that you hit in a way that won’t hurt your goals. This will help you to keep motivated, and all of the hard work that you’re doing now will be totally worth it in the end.

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