By SUSIE REMPFER
Summer time is the most awaited time of year for almost everyone. However, bikini season for many girls means starvation and anxiety.
Instead of dreading those long days on the beach, there are simple changes that can be made now to get the best possible figure for when summer arrives.
Exercise is an important factor to consider when the desire to wear a two-piece pops into the brain. Exercising is healthier than restricting calories, and can also be enjoyable. Cardio exercise (which gets the heart beating quicker) is a key factor when working out to lose weight or to sculpt muscle. Doing things like dancing to your favorite iPod playlist, jumping rope, or running on a treadmill while watching reruns of Sex and the City are great cardio exercises that are easy and simple to do.
Websites such as fitnessmagazine.com or shape.com offer entire workout routines that range from working out abs and things to getting rid of love handles and belly fat. While it may be cliché sounding, workout videos are a great way to have fun while exercising.
Yoga is also a good exercise to help lose weight. Yoga is relaxing, and helps with stretching. Use yoga as a warm up for cardio, or to help yourself relax before bed.
Activities such as bike riding, swimming, and even swinging on swings are also simple ways to workout and have fun.
Although dieting is a big part of losing weight, that doesn’t mean you need to stick to celery and water. Spring and summer boast the best tasting fruits and vegetables to make flavor-filled snacks and side dishes.
Fruit smoothies are a delicious, stomach satisfying drink that can make anytime of day feel like dessert. With summer’s strawberries, blueberries, peaches, nectarines, mangos and other fruits right around the corner your taste buds will never know they’re on a diet.
Salads are also a great way to slim down. Lettuce, tomatoes, and carrots, thrown in with tender pieces of grilled chicken are filling and nutritious. Taco salads, BLT salads, and other creative salad dishes are just as filling as sandwiches, but are better for you. Indulge your taste buds with flavorful healthy alternatives and see the difference it makes in your body.
A little bit of exercise and a few less cookies is all it takes to feel confident on the beach. Rather then living off of diet pills this summer, spend a little bit of time having fun in the sun.