Spring Break is just around the corner, and I know I can’t wait to get out of the cold, winter weather and put on my bikini and lay by the beach. We may have been able to cover up for the past few months, but now that we are shedding our layers for a week in the sun, you’ll want to tone up and feel healthy. Here are a few ways to get bikini body confident in one month.
- Add just 20 minutes of cardio three to four times a week. You’ll burn an easy 200 – 250 calories in just 20 minutes, and you’ll definitely notice the results by the end of week four. Add an additional 10-15 minutes of strength training and abdominal exercises (adding just 100 crunches to your daily routine) for a fit, overall leaner body.
- Eliminate foods and beverage that can both cause and increase bloating such as salty foods and carbonated beverages. Stop munching on potato chips and French fries and snack on fresh vegetables such as carrots and cherry tomatoes if a craving strikes. Instead of soda, make sure you are getting eight glasses of water a day; if you need extra flavor, squeeze half a lemon into your water, or make iced tea. Also limit alcoholic beverages to only one a week.
- For a whittled waistline, cut out sugar, dairy and gluten for the month leading up to your vacation. Switch to almond milk, throw out the cookies and candy, and get rid of the white breads and pastas. You’ll notice better digestion and less bloating when you eliminate these three things.
- Don’t stress. Stress increases cortisol which can lead to weight gain, especially around your mid section, which is the hardest to get rid of. Stress can also increase your appetite, which will deter your path to a bikini body.