If you have waited until the last moment to think about your beach body, you may be panicking a bit right now. It’s the end of spring and the heat is all around. The amount of clothes people wear is slowly reducing and the beach weather is upon us.
However, don’t despair, this season is not lost for you just yet. You can still do something about it, if you are ready to put in some work in the gym, as well as in your kitchen. Here’s what the experts like personal trainers say works.
Adjusting Your Diet to Your Goals
If you go online and search for fitness tips, you will find that most experts claim that anywhere between 50 and 95% of all your achievements at the gym boil down to your diet. How accurate these numbers are, depends and changes from person to person, as well as their goals at the gym. However, one thing is indisputable – your diet is important.
If you are looking to lose weight, probably the best place to start is calorie counting. Before you eat or drink anything, check how many calories you will be ingesting. You will be amazed how quickly the numbers add up. It’s high time you quit eating junk food and drinking sugary drinks. Instead, fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as lean meats will get you through the day with just about enough calories you need.
Go For Complex, Full-Body Exercises
If you do one type of exercises repeatedly, you can only go so far. Activating only a single group of muscles will probably be good for that body part and that muscle group, but overall, the results will be minor. And if you are in a hurry, that will not do.
Instead, try implementing as many complex exercises which incorporate at least two or three groups of muscles. Not only will your whole body be activated, but you will also increase your heart rate and your metabolism, which directly leads to weight loss. Another benefit of this type of exercise is that it saves you some time. Instead of going through the list of individual muscle groups, you can do them all at once.
HIIT Produces Results and Fast
A lot of people are a bit squeamish when it comes to the high-intensity interval training (HIIT) because it makes you push yourself to the maximum of your abilities by doing as many repetitions in a short time as you can. However, this type of exercise is ideal for weight loss and muscle gain alike. Consult a personal trainer if you need help picking out exercises.
Simply put, you are shocking your body into thinking that it needs to produce as much energy as possible as soon as possible. This will burn through your fat much quicker than the traditional exercises.
Even if you aren’t quite ready for the HIIT type of exercise, you should still invest some of your time into strength exercises, for the same reason. Strength exercises like deadlift and bench press require a lot of energy and even if you are not pushing your body to its limits, you are still draining a lot of energy which needs to be replenished.
What’s more, when your heart rate goes up, so does your metabolism, meaning you will burn through the calories which you ingested much faster, leaving your body no other option than to burn the fat reserves.
If you haven’t exercised in a while, rest assured that you can pick it up really quickly. In fact, the first result will be much more visible and will be apparent much faster than you expect. And even though the progress will slow down over time, by that time, you should develop a habit of going to the gym and your path to a healthier lifestyle should be well trodden.