Bathing Suit Ready!

Today is the first day of spring which means it’s only 10 week until Memorial Day!  And we know what Memorial Day means, don’t we?  That it’s ok to wear white again?  Well yes, but more specifically Memorial Day officially kicks off  bathing suit season.  Holy pasty white legs, Batman!

So let’s be honest, if you had to put on a bathing suit right now, would you be happy with how you looked?  If so, you are my hero!  Most of us, however,  have to do a bit of fine tuning before we can comfortably slip into that tankini or Miracle Suit.   So let’s get cracking!

Here are some tips to help you feel better in your bathing suit and skin!

Self Tanner
I kid you not, just a hint of color on your body will make you feel better.

Work The Big Muscles
Squats, lunges, split lunges, leg presses, push ups – engaging the large muscle groups burns more calories at rest and let’s face it strong muscles just look better. Think toned and sleek versus soft and flabby.

Burn Baby Burn
Torch calories with interval training.  Whether you run, walk, ride the elliptical, cycle outside or ride the stationary bike, adding bursts of speed for 30 seconds to 2 minutes throughout your workout will increase cardiovascular function and burn calories.

Write As You Bite
Logging your food is the most efficient and easiest method to identify your dietary pitfalls.   Eating too few or too many calories hinder weight loss.  Find the perfect balance by logging what you normally eat for 3 days and look for areas to improve.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂


Post-Holiday Plans

Do you have any post-holiday plans?  Post-holiday get-back on the wagon plans, I mean?

Even if you overindulged this past weekend or are currently halfway into a box of See’s candies here are a few tips to get you back on track.

1.  Clear the decks.  Out of sight really is out of mind so stash the snacks and toss the treats to the back of the cupboard.   Place some fresh oranges or shiny red apples in a bowl on your counter top instead.  When a sugar craving hits, grab some tasty fruit instead.

2.  Up the intensity.  Add some high-intensity intervals to your normal cardio workout.   Every few minutes, increase your speed for 2 minutes.  The extra workload will burn more calories and improve your cardiovascular system.

3.  Don’t forget the iron.   Cardiovascular exercise is important but don’t forget the benefits of strength training.  Lifting weights or doing resistance training builds muscle strength which in turn increases metabolism.   Simply put, by increasing muscle, your body will burn more calories even at rest.

4.  Hydrate.  Water, water, water is a key to a healthy lifestyle.    Thirst is often mistaken as hunger so be sure to drink your fill of the clear stuff.  A key indicator to being properly hydrated is pale urine.  Gross, but true.

5.  Set goals.  If you are finding yourself unmotivated and out of control with your eating set a few goals.  Whether it be to run a race,  create a food journal or drink 8 glasses of water a day – set a goal and reward yourself when you reach it.

I hope these tips help get you back on track.  Let me know how it works.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

News Flash

The following tidbits are from the June 2009 issue of Fitness Magazine.  

The Bad News

1. The average person has 10 billion to 20 billion fat cells

2. Eating too much for too long and your body can actually create more fat cells

3. Genetics and Lifestyle play a role in determining how many fat cells you have

The Silver Lining

You can outwit your fat cells by eating a healthy, balanced diet ( losts of produce, lean meats, low fat dairy, whole grains, etc.) exercising regularly including a mix of strength training and cardio.

Now go run!