Summer Begins on June 20th for 2016 Will you be happy with the way you look out on the beach??

It’s the end of March and after 3 months your New Year’s resolutions have been left a little behind you. Do you remember why you made them in the first place? If your goal was to get in shape, it’s still not too late to get your body swim-wear ready. The key is to stay focused. One way to do this is to set a series of goals for yourself. This is something that only you can do but some guidelines that seem like a no brainer are the following:
1. Set an attainable goal – if your goal is to lose weight and you need to lose a significant amount, do it in blocks. Set the first weight loss goal at 20lbs. The next, drop it down to an additional 10lbs, knowing that as you begin to lose weight after a certain amount in the beginning the weight seems to be slower in coming off. Keep going with your blocks of weight loss goals until you have reached your primary weight target.
2. Commit to a schedule to exercise – You know your schedule and if you go charging into an exercise schedule that you know you will not be able to keep up with because of family, work or social events. Then your exercise schedule will soon fall by the wayside. Create a schedule that is doable and one that you can stick to and one that you don’t have to break because of lifestyle happenings. For example: Schedule time for five, 30-minute workouts each week, or two, 15-minute daily workouts, five times a week to begin your fitness program. Schedule backup days or times in the event you have to miss one or two of your workouts. Create a workout schedule that starts each week with a low-impact, low-resistance cardio workout. Schedule the second workout of the week to start with 15 minutes of resistance training, such as dumbbell or resistance band exercises or increased resistance on a cardio machine or bike, or include moderate resistance throughout the workout. Alternate workouts to focus on low-resistance cardio one day, then a cardio workout with more resistance the next. Change your exercises every workout, or every week, to give your joints and muscles a rest and to avoid repetitive stress injuries.
3. Track your progress—a fitness goal is great and it is only going to contribute to a healthier body for you. Remember that swimsuit?? One of the best ways to stay committed is to see steady progress. One way to track this is by using an activity monitor or a heart rate monitor. A great activity monitor that fits the bill is the Garmin Vivofit2 This monitor learns your daily routine and can set notifications to get you up and moving again. One reason you may be gaining some weight is the loss of just plain being active. Research shows prolonged periods of inactivity such as sitting at a desk decreases your body’s production of fat-burning enzymes. Another means to track your exercise and monitor how well you are doing health wise is with a heart monitor, like the Fitbit Charge The Charge tracks your workouts, heart rate, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes & steps. This is a great tool to use to make sure you not only stay on track as you exercise but also to help you train to your potential by monitoring your heart beats and zones.
4. Begin each workout at a moderate speed to warm up your muscles, heart and lungs. Jog in place, do jumping jacks, perform arm circles or use a cardio machine at a moderate speed with little or no resistance. Raise your heart rate until you are breathing harder than normal, but not out of breath. Exercise at this intensity level for 15 minutes, adding 5 minutes to your workout each week, or sooner, as you get in better shape. Raise your intensity level or heart rate during your workouts once you can exercise for 30 minutes without stopping.

Cool down after each workout by walking slowly until your heart rate and breathing get back to normal. Stretch your muscles before as the final part of each workout.
If you keep this up, by the beginning of June you will be more than happy to get out that old suit and see how it fits. Better yet, why not reward yourself by shopping for a new suit? Make sure the heads you turn on the beach this summer are for all the right reasons!
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