Did You Say Bikini Bod?

By: Alexa Cyr

Summer is approaching, and it’s coming fast! During the limbo season between spring and summer, one of the most daunting thoughts that will inevitably hit you is having the perfect beach body. Will you be ready to hit the water wearing a bathing suit that completely exposes whether or not the gym has been your friend or foe? Well, if the answer is the latter, do not fret because there is still time to tighten up the weak areas of your body with a few of these tips!

First and foremost, if you’re like most people, a problem area is always the lower abdomen, which is much more difficult to get in shape than your upper abdomen.

The reasoning for this unfortunate fact is simply that lower abs are mainly a product of diet, while upper abs are less high-maintenance and can be attained through strict workouts. While spot-reducing (solely working out one specific area of the body) is not effective, a strict routing of cardio and abdomen exercises, coupled with dieting, should help you in your endeavor to get picture-worthy muscles.

Dieting has a negative connotation, but eating clean truly does make your body feel and look great. Try creating some fun, healthy snacks so you won’t be tempted to reach for the Daiquiri! Freezing fruit is one of the best things you can do to curb your hunger cravings. Use it to make smoothies, acai bowls, or just eat it the way it is! Remember to eat everything in moderation though; too much of one thing is never healthy.

If you’re on the way to do something active and need some energy, salads with light or no dressing or some vegetables with organic guacamole will sustain you for hours, and make sure that you don’t feel or look bloated. The more natural something is, the better it is for you. To ensure that the foods you purchase will really benefit your body, read every ingredient, and if you can’t pronounce one, don’t buy it! This tip will help in the long run.

Lastly, the summer heat can be unforgiving, which is the perfect opportunity to fill up with lots of water! The daily recommended amount is only 8 cups, but if you frequently participate in physical activity, drink at least two liters a day. Water clears up the skin, makes you feel full, and removes toxins in the body, helping to decrease bloatedness. Following these suggestions and working out at least 4 times a week should help you on your journey to the perfect bikini bod. Now go and live healthily!

 

 

Alexa Cyr | MD Monthly

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Alexa Cyr, Miss Houston’s Outstanding Teen 2018