Tips on Staying Fit for the Summer

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Ammy Pena, Staff Writer

Many women choose cover-ups over bikinis during the summer because they don’t feel like they are in shape. However that can change! Getting fit, healthy, and ready for the summer season isn’t as hard as it seems with these tips.

According to Christa Miller for Livestrong.com, working out in the morning is the way to go. Not only do you avoid the intense sun rays that will stream later on in the day, you will be more energized for the rest of your day.  Miller also recommends going for a walk with your dog, going for a refreshing swim or even going skating with a partner. She says to do whatever active outdoor activity you would like because even a 15-minute jog will help you get into beach-body shape.

Miller also recommends having fun while you work out. She states that fun activities like playing Frisbee or jumping on a trampoline will make you burn those calories; Miller says dancing is also a good way to trim that waist line.

If you’re not a person who likes outdoor activities, you can still do indoor activities during the summer months to get into tip-top shape. Miller says you can go to a nearby gym and go on a treadmill while listening to your favorite upbeat song. She recommends going to the mall and power walking while looking at the cloths on display to give more motivation to get fit. Another way to burn calories indoors is through workout DVDs like Insanity, P90X, or Zumba. These fitness DVDs will get you moving and allow you to shed any weight that you want to lose.

According to an article on LongIslandWeightLossInstitute.com, if you’re working out, especially in the hot summer, you need to stay hydrated. Drinking water will not only make you cooler, but since people often mistake hunger with thirst, staying hydrated can help control how much you eat and how much weight you want to gain or lose.

According to an article on Dosomething.org, people need to be realistic when working out and getting their bodies ready for summer. This means a last minute jog or a few crunches aren’t going to give a person a six-pack or runner legs instantly. Also, remember that a good body isn’t everything. Dr. Robert Olivardis, a clinical Psycholist at Harvard Medical School states on the website, “Know that your self-worth and esteem is not tied to the way you look, confidence and assertiveness also carry power. Your body language will show that.” In other words, just having self-confidence in yourself can reflect on how good you’ll actually look.

Whatever you do during the summer, you can use these tips to help stay fit and healthy and confident while you do it.