3 Tips for Getting the Body Ready for Spring
By Genevieve Cunningham
It’s probably a little hard to believe, but spring is right around the corner. It seems as though the holidays are barely gone, and yet, it still feels appropriate to begin looking forward to warm weather and blooming flowers. Most people love the spring. This season brings plenty of warmth, sunshine, and green. It also means that we can finally spend a little more time outdoors. Perhaps the only downside is that we often feel pressure to be fit and healthy looking. Luckily, you can start your journey to a spring-ready body right now. To get yourself prepared for the warm months ahead, take a look at these three tips that you can start right away.
Quit the Comfort Foods
Winter is a time for warm drinks and comfort foods galore. We eat a ton of calories to keep warm and because it fits in with the holiday season. If you're trying to get ready for spring, go ahead and cut out those foods. Clean up your diet by eating more fresh vegetables and fruits. Skip the heavy starches and heavy carbohydrates. The sooner you clean up your diet, the sooner you'll be moving toward a body that feels ready for springtime.
Drink More Water
It's easy to get dehydrated in the cooler months. There's something about the fact that it's winter that makes us think we don't need water, no matter what the weather feels like. If you want a jumpstart on spring, now is a great time to kick up your water drinking a notch or two. The more you drink right now, the better hydrated you’ll be when it begins to get warm. You’ll also be in the habit of drinking more, which may help ward off dehydration in the heat. Start with just a glass or two more each day, and keep going until you’re drinking at least eight glasses.
Get 15 More Minutes of Exercise
If you’re working toward a warm weather body, exercise will be an important part of the equation. But you don’t have to go nuts. Just start with an extra 15 minutes a day. If you’re not working out at all, 15 minutes will be a great starting out point. If you’re already working out, 15 minutes might help you take it up a notch and burn just a few more calories. And the best part of all is that 15 minutes feels doable. Work this into the routine now, and you’ll definitely be glad you did when that first swimsuit occasion arises.
Getting fit for the warm months is totally possible. And if it’s even easier if you start early. Use these tips to get you moving in the right direction, and you’ll love your springtime body by the time the days are long and sunny again.
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