“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”
-Norman Vincent Peale
As summer approaches, you might look at yourself in the mirror and feel the sudden desire to get lean. I am sure you look fine the way you are, but there is nothing wrong with wanting to make a few quick adjustments right before the start of summer. With just two months to go, there are plenty of exercises and activities you could partake in to lose a few pounds, and get more lean. Along with dieting and drinking more water, try some of these out over the next two months.
Running is a great cardio-vascular activity. Going for a light run every other day over the next few weeks can lead to weight loss, and it can help boost your confidence and self-esteem. Going for runs helps to burn excess fat that your body stores, and it also get your heart rate up, allowing the flow of blood to move faster burning more energy throughout your body. Running would be my number one recommendation for trying to lose just a few pounds over the next two months.
A lot of people say that saunas do not help you lose weight, but they induce sweating, which is a major part of exercising. Sitting in the sauna for 10 minutes a day helps the body detoxify, eliminating toxins or other things you may want to get rid of. With the addition of excessive sweating, it is a great way to end a workout at a gym. If you have a gym membership with a sauna, try sitting inside for 5-10 minutes after every workout. I guarantee it will expedite your results.
Planks are great for strengthening and tightening the mid-section of your body. Holding a plank for a few seconds can be difficult for someone who has never done it before, but when you can plank for two minutes at a time, you start to recognize a difference in your torso. Try doing planks for as long as you can on a daily basis, and after you have built a tolerance to holding the plank, rotate between planks and other abdominal exercises to really target your mid-section.
8 MINUTE ABS
One of the amazing things about the internet is that you can almost find anything online. One nifty thing I can across was a workout program on Youtube called 8 Minute Abs. This program is great for beginners, and those who workout a lot (like me). The first video, which I will provide a link for, is for those just getting started off. The video series does include other exercises, so if you feel you have advanced past the first video, do definitely try out the others.
FULL BODY DETOXIFICATION
Detoxing helps to remove stuff from the body that adds extra weight. Switching to an all herbal tea diet, or only drinking fruit smoothies for two weeks can help to eliminate excess fat that the body stores from cosuming high caloric foods, or other foods that are high in sugar and carbohydrates. There are several ways to detox your body. You can purchase supplements to help you detox, but the best way to get started is to drink plenty of water, reduce sugar/salt intake, and exercise. Doing those things first will quickly help the body to detoxify itself of anything that it does not need. Other things you can do include eating more fiber and eating foods rich in antioxidants.
REDUCE CALORIE INTAKE!
Counting calories is great. I would say this is the #1 reason people put on too much weight. The average amount of calories recommended for a woman to lose weight is 1500 calories, and the average amount of calories recommended for a man is 2000 calories. First, you have to watch what you eat. In today’s society, calories add up quick. Eliminate fast food, processed foods and soda altogether. Once you do that, begin counting you calories. For men, try to intake anywhere from 1500-1800 calories, just 200 calories shy of what is recommended. For women, try to consume 1100-1300 calories a day, also 200 calories shy of what is recommended. Going into a caloric deficit forces the body to start burning muscle, and fat. Calorie reduction is the best, and most efficient way to lose weight. Start today!
Obtaining your ideal figure isn’t difficult. For some of us, it is going to take a bit longer than two months, but that doesn’t meant don’t start now! Try out everything I have listed above, and I promise you that you’ll see results that you love. There is no need is feeling bad about your physique. Take matters into your own hands, and lose the weight. It is easy, and after a while, very fun to do. After you’ve lost weight, let me know about your results!