For many of us, the arrival of spring can bring with it a sense of dread when it comes to our physiques. Winter is a time of celebrating with friends, family and most importantly, food. While these celebrations are enjoyable, they don’t always help us to sculpt the body we want for summer.
No matter how behind in achieving your goals you might feel, there’s still hope to look your best for summer. Here’s how to get fit this spring.
Set A Reasonable Goal
Too many people set unreasonable goals for themselves, which can cause them to become disheartened and quit entirely when they don’t see dramatic results right away. Instead of setting yourself up for failure, set yourself up for success by sticking to goals that are reasonable, such as toning up or losing five pounds each month.
Track Your Progress
Research has shown that people who track their weight, exercise and food consumption tend to be more successful in their weight loss goals than those who don’t. You don’t have to be obsessive, but keeping an eye on your progress and jotting it all down will help you to stay on track and stay accountable to yourself.
When It Comes To Fitness, Start Slow
We’ve all seen the magazine articles and TV specials about celebrities who lose weight fast by working out for multiple hours per day. It’s important to remember that these famous people have nothing to do besides go to the gym and that they’re also under the close supervision of medical and fitness professionals. For the average person, working out for more than an hour or two a day can be dangerous.
Remember, attainable goals are the name of the game. Start slow and build your way up to a more intense regimen. At the beginning of your fitness journey, aim for an hour of light cardio four days a week and 30 minutes of strength training three times a week.
Get Enough Sleep
When you’re embarking on a new health and wellness journey, your body needs even more sleep than it usually does. That’s because you’re putting your body under more stress than usual and our bodies repair themselves while we’re sleeping. Medical professionals unanimously agree that sufficient sleep is essential for anyone trying to lose fat or tone their muscles.
Don’t hurt yourself trying to lose weight for summer. Not only can this cause injury, but people tend to gain back weight that’s shed too rapidly. Instead, create new daily habits that are sustainable and goals that are attainable.