As I get older, I find I’m not as self-conscious or as concerned as I used to be with looking AMAZING in a bikini. I mean, really, what’s the point? If we are living a healthy lifestyle, keeping ourselves fit and lean, then we should just be able to keep on doing what we’re doing in terms of diet and exercise during the summer.
That being said, bikini season is a great time to improve upon your routine or set new goals.
By now you should know that a crash diet isn’t going to help you. You’ll just loose water weight, be miserable, and then bounce back to your old weight or possibly more. More exercise or changing your regemin will help you!
Have you seen these ads on Facebook lately:
In other words, or how I interpret this is, women need to start lifting, not just burning burning burning calories with cardio workouts.
Lifting weights will help you get stronger and skinnier by keeping your heart rate low in the fat burning zone.
I know what you’re thinking, “if I lift weights then I’m going to bet bigger and bulky, not thinner?”
Wrong! Lifting moderately heavy weights for 15-20 reps will get you TONED!
ADD TWO DAYS OF WEIGHT LIFTING TO YOUR CURRENT WORKOUT ROUTINE. You’ll do 10 minutes of cardio to warm up, lifting weights in 3 muscle groups for 40 minutes, 5 minutes of crunches (Click here for Ab exercises), 5 minutes of stretching.
Here are the different muscle groups to choose from with exercise how-to links. Do not use weights lighter than 10 pounds and try to bust out 15-20 reps.
**SHOULDER WORK IS IMPORTANT TOO! I didn’t include shoulders because you usually get a lot of shoulder work in group fitness classes. Click here for shoulder exercises possibly on a cardio day.
I totally forgot about this move that works chest, triceps, lats, and your core. It would be a great one to incorporate into your chest day!
Please remember your form when lifting heavy weights. Your core should be tight and engaged. Pull your shoulders back and away from your ears. And most importantly, breath! Exhale with your exertion.