With summer comes family vacations, changing schedules, traveling for work, and a full calendar of social activities. For those who may not work out regularly, the intention is to start working out with the New Year. However, the motivation comes and goes and before you know it summer is here and that swimsuit you packed away is the last thing you want to slip on.
We all know motivation is key, so I teamed up with US Open body builder, fashion designer and philanthropist Theresa Roemer to find out where to start.
Here are Theresa’s 5 fierce fitness tips to get the sleek summer figure you want in record time:
Wake Up Earlier – Feel as though there isn’t enough time in the day to work out? Commit to getting up at least 30 minutes earlier. It’s that simple. Create the time you need to take care of you.
Incorporate Working Out Into Your Regular Schedule – Add a standing meeting with yourself to your calendar. Stick to it as you would a work meeting or a doctor’s appointment for your child. Make yourself a priority or a regular basis. Whether the time is working out or allowing yourself time to prepare a healthy meal instead of grabbing fast food use this extra time doing an activity that will help you to reach your goal.
Speed Up Your Metabolism With Intervals – Interval training has been proven to speed up the metabolism in a short period of time. If you are looking for quick results interval training is the answer. Example: Spend 20 seconds speed walking or jogging with 10 seconds of recovery. While any amount of activity is good, being conscious about HOW you are working out will provide quicker results.
Recruit a Partner – An accountabilibuddy can make all the difference when you are looking to change your routine and often lack commitment. Having a friend with a common goal will keep you both motivated and you can cheer each other on when one or both of you is feeling less than enthusiastic about working out.
Consistent Sleep – Your sleep hygiene is critical to losing weight. A study conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that going to bed at a decent hour not only stops late night snacking, but those who sleep 6-8 hours a night burn 20 percent more calories after a meal compared to those who are sleep deprived. That should be enough motivation to pack it in early.