Two Months to a Beach-Ready Body

Two Months to a Beach-Ready Body

It happens to the best of us: we plan to not let ourselves get too out of shape over the winter, and then suddenly, it’s spring, and we have gotten used to not getting much exercise, if any at all, and eating a lot of comfort foods. Then, there are only a couple of months left to get our bodies ready for the beach again.

But, it can be done, and in just two months.

 

Getting Started

If your body isn’t used to doing much exercise after a long winter, don’t try to jump right into an intensive workout routine. Start slowly with some light cardio, and get your body used to moving around again. For instance, take walks after dinner, starting from a mile, and increase the distance every night until you get up to five or more miles. Do this for about a week or so, and then start doing other exercises and increasing the intensity so you’ll reach your beach body goal. Other things you can do are:

  • Change Your Eating Habits – Now is the time to stop eating all of those comfort foods, and start eating healthier foods. Ditch the potato chips, and get yourself on a diet plan that is going to work for you. Following most diets can be tough, but The Paleo Diet is great because it allows you to eat a lot of protein-rich foods that will really fill you up, without making you fill out.
  • Add More Cardio to Your Routine – Once you’re used to getting up and moving, it’s time to add some cardio to your routine. A good rule of thumb is to shoot for about three, 30-minute cardio sessions per week. This is going to help boost your metabolism, which in turn will help you shed those extra winter pounds. Some of the best cardio workouts are running, swimming, and cycling.
  • Drink Plenty of Water – If you really want to shed pounds, you need to start drinking lots of water. Not only is water going to help you lose weight, it’s also an essential part of The Paleo Diet. Water can help balance acid-base levels, eliminate waste from the organs, keep hormones regulated, and deliver nutrients to the cells in our bodies.
  • Do Some Resistance Training – Start adding resistance training to your routine, and start working your core, buttocks, and legs. Two of the best exercises are lunges and squats, and you can do them just about anywhere, even at work when you have some free time.

Be Beach-Ready All Year Round

If you follow the above steps, you’re sure to be beach-ready in time for the summer season. It only takes a couple of months of eating healthy and exercising regularly to get your body back into shape. The trick is to continue these habits year-round, so you won’t have to rush to lose weight all over again next spring.

 

About Jane Dizon

Jane DizonJane is a health, fitness, and nutrition enthusiast and blogger. She is a nurse by profession and a writer by passion. She has a soft spot for macadamia chocolate and green tea. You can connect with her on Twitter and Google+.

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“6” Comments

  1. The phrase “beach body” is an umbrella term that means to tone up or to work out while having a body goal in mind. As in, I am working on my beach body even though I never go to the beach. People work out to live healthier lives and look good while clothed and nude. The gym has very little to do with the beach and a “beach body” typically has less to do with the beach than the gym.

  2. The idea that our bodies need to somehow be made “ready” for the beach is harmful and stigmatizing. Does this mean that people who’s bodies are somehow not “ready” should not enjoy the beach?

    The only thing we need to be “beach body ready” is to have a body. Period.

  3. Really appreciate your wisdom and guidance. I just wrote a post about the “Top Paleo Diet Questions” and referenced your book on Amazon…

    Storm

  4. I would like to know where you got the data that the Paleo Diet is the “world’s healthiest diet.” As a student dietitian, I believe that healthy diets include all food groups in moderation in order to provide maximal nutrition. The Mediterranean Diet is most frequently touted as the world’s healthiest diet, so I am just curious why you are able to make the claim that The Paleo Diet is superior. Thank you!

      • Not to bash the Mediterranean Diet… my doctor had reccomended it a year ago as the “best diet” to follow. A year and twenty pounds heavier it’s time to return to Paleo (and intermittent fasting)! I did some research on the Med diet and was very surprised to find out how limited the study was (less than 500 subjects split into groups) and how inconclusive the results (they stopped early because their premise was working “so well”) as there was very little actual food recording done in the study. Add to this the latest results which show that the “wealthy” do better on the Med diet and I have some serious questions as to why this Mediterranean lifestyle (including bread and wine) is touted by the medical profession as the “best”.

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