If you are looking for some ideas on how to become fit for beach season, then these easy ways to get in shape for summer should be rather handy. Read through and decide how you plan on getting in shape next summer.
Try long and slow eating
In recently published study researchers in New Zealand looked at the relationship 2,500 females had between their body mass indexes and their reported speeds of eating. For each step up in speed BMI increased by 2.7 percent. By slowing down, you give your brain a chance to process that your stomach is full. Increase your meal splits by eschewing distraction: no television, no computer and no newspaper. You will become aware of each bite.
Make fiber your friend
Several studies have shown that fiber is correlated to weight loss as well as weight maintenance. Fiber passes through the GI tract undigested, so your body has to work harder and longer to move it out, which helps maintain your metabolism and give you a feeling of fullness. Aim to eat at least 23 grams of fiber a day: whole grains, beans, veggies and fruits. Note to keep your stomach quiet during the run do not eat fiber 2 hours before you work out.
Before you reach for a snack, think carefully if you are really hungry. Experts explain that people often eat when they really need play, sleep or downtime. You may just need to step away from your desk for 10 minutes and chill out.
Rent some videos on aerobics
This could actually be a lot of fun. Some people think it is a good idea to rent a few old 90s aerobic videos from the video store. Not only are they a great workout, since aerobics really do not change that much from year to year, but the clothing on the participants makes them to laugh as they exercise. It is a lot of fun.
Go all DIY
Preparing something for you at home almost always involves fewer calories than dining out. You can control both the portion sizes and the ingredients. For nights you are too busy to cook, stock your freezer and pantry ahead of time with these staples: veggie and bean soups, brown rice you can microwave, a frozen veggie pizza, a can of black beans and salsa. In order to make lunch as easy as possible, double dinner recipes so that you will have leftovers. Chili and lasagna are especially tasty the day after you make them.
Play with the kids
Do you know that kids can help you get in shape? They are great little bundles of energy who are more than willing to show you a new game they have just thought up. Bambinos will keep you on your toes, while teens engage in more challenging games requiring more physical strength. Stand up from your sofa and challenge your tot to a game of tag or your teen to play a basketball.
Plan what and when you are going to eat out at the beginning of your day and the week so that you are not scrambling when you get hungry. This helps you resist the temptation of fast-food chains or pastries in the break room.
Aim for 3 healthy meals and 2 small snacks a day that means you are eating something around every 3 hours. A 2011 Swedish study involving more than 4,000 people found that those who eat more than 3 times a day have a lower BMI and waist circumference, consume less fat and more fiber and drink less alcohol than those who limit their eating sessions to 2 or less. Eating more often boosts your metabolism and prevents you from getting hungry.
Join the gym
Maybe it is better for you to spend time with others like you who are trying to get in shape for the summertime. Join the gym and train for at least one month to decide what you think. You may even be surprised at how much you enjoy the time spent exercising with others who are motivated like you.
Take up swimming
It is not necessary to be a professional swimmer to reap the benefits of swimming. Take along a kick board and move your legs as you kick from one end of the pool to the other. The same kick board can also be tucked against your chest while you use your arms and legs to propel yourself forward. Swimming requires a lot of calories and will get your shoulders, arms, back and legs toned up in no time.