Want to get into that swimsuit this summer and feel like a sexy beast? Get started with a spring fitness program that will have heads turning by summer.
Step 1: Get a physical See your doctor for a physical examination. It's best to make sure all is well before beginning a new workout program.
Step 2: Decide on a schedule Decide how often and for how long you will work out each week. Include what type of exercise you will do each day, such as cardio or resistance training.
TIP: Be reasonable. Don't make a workout schedule that you will get bored or frustrated with and be tempted to quit.
Step 3: Find a partner Find a partner who can join you for some or all of your workouts. Having another person will help to motivate you both.
Step 4: Buy supplies and clean up Buy yourself a new pair of athletic shoes, new workout clothes, and some healthy snacks for your pantry. Get rid of any unhealthy snacks and worn-out sneakers and clothes.
Step 5: Protect your skin and body Slather on the sun block when headed outside. Sun block should contain at least an SPF 15, but preferably higher. Drink lots of water in a BPA-free bottle to keep hydrated and cool.
TIP: You may want to try a new aluminum water bottle that will keep your drink cool and is BPA-free.
Step 6: Update your playlist Update your mp3 playlist for some new high-energy jams that will keep you moving and excited.
Step 7: Head outside and jump rope Head outside and try jumping rope for quick, effective calorie burning. Add additional cardio to your outdoor routine like walking, lunges, squats, and jumping jacks.
TIP: Jumping rope burns about 208 calories in just 20 minutes.
Step 8: Stretch Stretch before and after every workout to release muscle tension. Do active stretching before exercising like side bends, waist twists, and lunges. Do stationary stretches after exercising like touching your toes, full body stretches, or Yoga poses.
Step 9: Play sports Mix up your workout routine by playing sports. Get out to the tennis or basketball court, or even the golf course, for a game once a week.
TIP: If you opt to play golf, walk the course instead of renting a golf cart.
Step 10: Use weights Add weights to your wrists or ankles for added resistance when walking or even working around the house to build muscle. Remember, muscle weighs more than fat, so try to stay off the scale and base your success off your measurements.
Step 11: Design goals for health Design your fitness goals around health and endurance rather than your size and weight. Think about how great you feel after a workout and keep that in mind every time you are feeling less than stellar about getting started on your workout.
FACT: The Boston Marathon was started by John Graham and Herbert H. Holton in 1897. That first race, which was only 24.5 miles, was won by John J. McDermott in 2 hours, 55 minutes, and 10 seconds.