If you find yourself wishing for winter to return because you’re not ready for swimsuit season, you’re not alone. More than 70 percent of Americans would rather go to the dentist, do their taxes, sit in the middle seat on an airplane, or visit their in-laws than go swimsuit shopping, according to a recent national survey by Anytime Fitness.
The survey found that nearly 60 percent of women and 46 percent of men feel they are unprepared for swimsuit season, citing their abs as their biggest problem area. Approximately 30 percent of women consider their trouble spot to be nearly everything (abs, hips, chest, arms and derrieres), compared to only 12 percent of men. More than 30 percent of women plan on wearing full body cover ups when at the beach or pool, and 20 percent of overall respondents plan on avoiding the beach entirely.
But did you know you can make significant progress in how you look and feel in just a few weeks, so you can hit the beach or the pool with pride? AnytimeHealth.com, the personalized website that lets users plan, track, and analyze daily exercise and food intake with online tracking tools, has teamed with fitness expert and author Andrea Metcalf to offer four easy and healthy tips to help you face swimsuit season and get your “bikini body” back – or to get into shape for the very first time.
“As people start to realize that bikini season is right around the corner, motivation to work out and get in shape tends to increase,” says Metcalf, author of Naked Fitness. “There are so many simple things you can do to get in great shape for the summer.” Metcalf suggests these four common-sense reminders to keep you on track, and to get you ready for the beach this season:
Remember the simple adage “calories in versus calories out.” Do at least 30 minutes of cardio six days a week and work on doing a few core exercises each day to build and tone stomach muscles.
In addition to exercising, focus on getting motivated. Use the power of visualization by taping an inspirational photo on the refrigerator or keep your bikini in a place you can see it. Looking at a gorgeous picture of sand and surf will help you imagine how you want to look when you hit the beach.
Plan your meals and log everything you eat. If you are mindful of what you eat, it’s easier to avoid overeating or eating unhealthy foods — and to budget your calories.
Build a support system. Get a “bikini beach buddy” and work out together, or use an online support website like AnytimeHealth.com that features diet and fitness trackers and offers a fitness community to support you.
“Really it comes down to motivating yourself and keeping up with a simple exercise routine,” Metcalf says. “If you follow these tips, you’ll be well down the road to getting the bikini-ready beach body you’ve been dreaming about.”
For more fitness and nutrition tips and weight-loss success stories, go to www.anytimehealth.com.