Saturday, March 27, 2010

Exercising Your Way To A Swimsuit Body

Eating healthy is only part of the equation if you want to look your best in that new swimsuit. Regular exercise will help you lose fat, reshape, and tone your body.

If you long to look like the model on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition, you're going to need a team of make up and graphic artists. But, if you want to look your very best, then we can help you with that. It’s going to take some hard work and dedication, but you'll achieve a firmer, stronger, and healthier body – your swimsuit body.

Start Slow

Summertime is fast approaching, but you still need to have a cool and collected head when it comes to exercise. Many people get out of the gate fast but end up finishing dead last, usually with an injury. You are trying to get your body to look the way you want it to in a swimsuit, but slow down and be sensible. Your exercise regimen is meant for more than one swimsuit season. What you learn will keep you going long after the warm weather has turned to cold.

Find an exercise that you like and you will be more likely to stick with it. Since the weather is warming up, try walking or bicycling. Both work the larger muscles of the lower body which are the last to start showing definition and tone but the easiest to work hard. In no time at all you will “feel the burn.”

Another good exercise is swimming. Buy yourself a 'working' bathing suit, something for exercising not lounging. Get yourself to the gym or neighborhood pool and start working out. You are working your body now, doing laps and water exercises. Work in the water now so you can lounge by the water this summer in your pretty, sexy swimsuit.

While you're planning your exercise routine, think about your eating habits. No amount of exercise is going to get you in shape to wear that bikini if you don't watch what you eat. You’ll be like a hamster on a wheel – going nowhere fast. A couple tricks to keep in mind about your diet and exercise program: 1) cut portion sizes and 2) eat energy-filled foods so you can exercise longer and harder.

Add Weight

But, I thought we were talking about losing weight? This is a different kind of weight. We're talking about workout weights – dumbbells. Adding weights to your workout is how you get those toned muscles. You don’t have to lift a lot of weight, but performing weight-bearing exercises speeds up your metabolism as well as tones those muscles both large and small.

It doesn’t take much. Consistently working on your upper and lower body at least three times a week for twenty minutes will put you on the road to a shapely body. Because smaller muscles tone faster, you’ll be able to rather quickly show off shapely shoulders and arms. And, don't forget that muscle burns fat, so the more muscle you build with weights, the faster your fat will disappear.

As an alternative to dumbbells, you can use fitness bands. They provide the resistance you need with great range of motion to work the entire muscle effectively. Any of this equipment will come with instructions about how to use and a variety of exercises to do.

The way to give your body a makeover before you put on that swimsuit is to eat a proper diet filled with healthy, fat burning foods, and get serious about an exercise routine. Add fun bike rides, walking, and swimming to your fitness program and you'll be looking great in your new swimsuit before you know it.

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