Is Your Body Spring Break Ready?

Posted by Beth Hartman

Well, it’s the third week of February, and if you’re still procrastinating about getting in shape this year, you really don’t have all that much time left if you’re going to be taking a trip down to the lower part of the country where the sun shines a bit brighter this time of year. And yes, we are talking about Spring Break. It’s the time of year when the younger crowd migrate down to Florida, Cancun, the Bahamas, and other points south.

But is your body leaned and toned the way you want it to be when you’re wearing that stylish bathing suit? Let’s face it, from Thanksgiving, maybe even from Halloween, through the main holidays of overindulgence like Christmas with all the parties and don’t leave out New Year’s Eve festivities, eating right and getting in that regular exercise has probably taken a back seat to having some fun and overeating, not to mention the drinking. And now that the Super Bowl has run its course and Philly has won, the talk has probably been going around about what the plans are for Spring Break. At first, you’re excited that this time of year has snuck up on you. What may have also snuck up, is also that little bulge that just wasn’t there last summer. But, reacting to it now, can give you the incentive you need to skip that extra slice of pizza and the cold-ones and get yourself ready to hit the gym or the outside track or running paths. But you need to get it in gear right now, especially since you should never have fallen off the straight and narrow in the first place!

Some of the biggest mistakes people make when they're faced with the problem of trying to lose weight, especially belly-fat, is they go on a crash diet. That just won’t work in the long run. Sure, you may lose 5 lbs. or so, and if that’s all you need to lose then why are you worried about how you’re going to look in about 5-6 weeks anyway. This is all about losing about 10-15lbs while having your body looking toned when the winter outer-layers are shed!

The best way to increase your metabolism is to increase your muscle mass, so you burn more calories both during exercise and at rest, and that means heavier weights and lower reps. It also means hard exercises. This promotes the release of testosterone and growth hormone, which tell your muscle cells to grow and your fat cells to shrink. Now while weights will get those muscles working to grow and increase in both mass and overall strength building, you also need to keep them supple while increasing the elasticity of your tendons and joints that those muscles are attached to. And that means creating a good cardio routine into your weekly fitness schedule as well. After all, you don’t want your muscles to get tight without having that stretching capability, just in case you’re going to be involved in a good game of beach volleyball while you’re soaking up that sun with your friends on the beach. You need a fast passed cardio workout that will push your body, which in turn will increase the demands on your heart. After all, your heart is a muscle too and it also needs to be strengthened, and cardio is probably one of the best ways to do that. But, you need to monitor just how much you are pushing the limits of your body. That is why using a good, reliable fitness tracker is the key to getting the most out of your workout in the shortest amount of time. Now we don’t usually recommend stating that faster is better. But let’s face it, you’re under the gun right now as far as time goes, and Spring Break does not last forever. So if you’re looking to turn some heads on that beach, for all the right reasons, then you need to get serious about getting into your fitness routine, right now!

One of the fitness trackers that we recommend Garmin Vivoactive HR Strapless Heart Rate Smart Watch This is a unique wrist heart rate technology that will allow you to monitor your heart rate, at all times. Along with a collection of heart rate data, Vivoactive HR will also give you details like exhausted calories, the intensity of your workout sessions
Your every active moment like running, swimming, golfing and skiing are carefully monitored with built-in sports apps. With smart notifications, the status of these activities will be displayed on the colored touchscreen of this smartwatch. Apart from vigorous workouts, it also silently collects information like daily steps, floors climbed, sleep cycles and intensity minutes. So you see, with the reps. monitoring built in, it not only acts as a regular fitness tracker but also tracks the intensity of your strength training as well.

So, armed with the above, it’s really up to you to own up to getting yourself in shape so that you’re not spending all of your time on Spring Break, sitting in some hotel room instead of joining the gang out there on the beach. Get Up, Get Moving, And Get Back In Shape!

From the gang here at Who’s Ready For Some Beach Volleyball??

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