Three Simple Steps to Get Beach-Ready
If you’re going to be spending your winter someplace other than home, make sure that your body is ready.
Wintertime is coming faster than we’d like to admit, which means that snow, ice and overall terrible weather are coming. If you have the luxury of being able to escape the wrath of Mother Nature and can travel to a warmer climate for the winter, all the better. Who wants to be in charge of shoveling snow, and bundling up to go outside? If you’re going to be spending your winter someplace other than home, make sure that your body is ready.
Step One: Nutrition
Getting your body in order starts with doing your part to take the best care of it—and that means maintaining a healthy diet, and keeping a balance of the nutrients and vitamins you need. The human body is an amazingly complex machine, so understanding what it needs to feel its best is the first step in getting beach-ready. As with anything new you put in your body, be sure to consult your doctor first just to be safe.
- Your stomach can make or break how you feel throughout the day, so treat it right. Taking a daily probiotic, such as Bio-X4 or Digestive Advantage, can get your gut realigned, and help your bowel movements become more regular.
- Eating the right foods to give you the nutrients you need is nature’s way of taking care of you. Fill your diet with leafy greens to give you iron and vitamins A, K and C, and munch on nuts to give you a boost of magnesium and copper.
- Staying hydrated is essential in keeping your body healthy, especially when you consider that the adult human body is about 60 percent water. Drink plenty of water daily to prevent muscle cramps, keep yourself urinating regularly, and of course, prevent dehydration.
Step Two: Exercise
Finding the motivation to get up and get moving can be incredibly difficult, if you’re out of the habit. It doesn’t have to be only going to the gym, and running on the treadmill for an hour; there are so many different ways to exercise that finding something that you enjoy is not as hard as you might think.
- Swimming is a fantastic way to get your whole body exercised. The secret is that the weight of your body moves against the weight of the water, so that you build muscle in your upper and lower body, while working your heart out, too. Another bonus? Swimming can help alleviate joint pain, and can help alleviate the symptoms of IBS.
- If you think that only hippies take yoga, think again. There’s a reason that there has been a surge in popularity of the ancient Indian stretching ritual; it works! Yoga helps you become more flexible, and has many poses that can aid you in things like indigestion, insomnia, and muscle and back pain. The good things about it keep coming: You also get a cardio workout, and are able to better control your breathing while regularly doing yoga.
- Kickboxing builds strength in both your upper and lower body, and burns an intense amount of calories—about 800 in an hour. Muscle mass isn’t the only thing you build, either. When you know how to kickbox, you learn self-defense, and can feel more confident and secure in your surroundings.
Step Three: Keep It Up
It sounds almost too easy, but the truth is that regular exercise and a healthy diet are the best ways to get into shape. The most difficult part of the journey is keeping up on it, but conversely, this is also the most important part. If you find that you’re having a hard time staying inspired to work out, why not change up your routine? Rather than going jogging every day, take a break and try something different in its place for a while. Have another form of exercise that you do every day to keep you motivated. Variety is the spice of life, and keeping your life spicy doesn’t have to be hard.
Better weather equals less clothing and more skin exposure. Get yourself ready for the beach in the middle of the winter!