How to Prepare Your Body for Summer Vacation
You’re getting ready for that summer vacation you’ve been dreaming about all winter long. You can picture yourself lying on the beach, drink in hand while you gaze out over the deep blue water. The sun is out; you can feel the warmth on your skin. You decide to put some tanning lotion or sunscreen on your body.
You set your drink down, reach for the lotion, put it in your hand and start to run it over your body. First, the arms, the stomach, and legs - your dream turns into a nightmare as your hands find a slight bulge where your stomach is - a belly that was once toned. You check your legs and notice some fat on this as well - oh, my God! The backs of your thighs sway when you touch them! Where did that fat come from? Wasn’t it there last summer?
Then your mind goes back to sitting around in front of the television, eating potato chips and watching tv as you stayed warm. And then there was Thanksgiving and Christmas, and you get a sick feeling in your stomach, knowing that the bikini you wore last summer is not going to fit. And if it does fit, you certainly aren’t going to wear it out in public where everyone can see how big you have gotten!
Before you begin to panic and start searching in the phone book for a fitness spa that can whip you into shape before your vacation, take a moment to breathe. Then realize that you have a few weeks before your holiday and you haven’t gained THAT much weight. Okay, feeling a little better now. Once you have settled down, you need to begin making plans for how to get rid of the extra weight and get back into shape.
The first thing you need to realize in your quest for a more toned body is that you will need to regain your sense of discipline. During the winter, the roads were bad, and it was too cold to get out. You sat around your house in your warm footie pajamas, drinking cocoa while surfing the web or eating popcorn while watching your favorite soap opera.
Somewhere along the way, you lost the discipline and the getup and went that you keep during the rest of the seasons. Now it’s time to get it back - and fast.
Decide what time of day you want to exercise and make sure you work out at the same time of day, every day. If you would instead jog or walk, that’s fine, too.
It doesn’t matter what time of day you decide to exercise, just make sure you stick with it every day. Make your workouts as routine and mundane as going to work or taking a shower. And every day that you want to hit that snooze button for an extra few minutes. If that isn’t enough motivation for you, then nothing will get you going.
You can even run in place while you take your lunch break, or better yet, walk down to the little restaurant down the street instead of driving to get your salad. If you work in an office building, take the stairs instead of punching those elevator buttons. When you get home from work, you might want to mow your lawn at a fast pace. Even cleaning the house will work off a few calories so don’t give up.
Most importantly, you have to watch what you put in your mouth. It does no good to exercise if you are going to eat a bunch of calories. While you don’t want to overeat on burgers, don’t cut back to only salads or cottage cheese.
Get a weight loss book or look online. See how many calories you can have during a day for your size and the amount of weight you want to lose. Space these calories through several small meals instead of one big one. Don’t skip breakfast - it’s the most important meal of the day. And don’t save all your calories for dinner, since eating that close to bed will not be right for you either.
Make sure that the diet you are on has all the nutrients that you need to keep your body healthy. It does no good to lose weight if you do it in a way that will hurt yourself. Oh, sure, you’ll be the size you want to be as you’re lying face down on the ground or in a hospital bed. And one key thing - drink plenty of water.