7 Expert Tips To Get Your Body Summer-Ready

Listen up: Just because beach weather is a few weeks away does not mean you have to go on a crazy crash diet. Instead, we suggest you take action with these expert-approved tips to get your body (and mind!) in tip-top shape — the healthy way. From inspirational eating ideas to quickie workout secrets, consider this the ultimate countdown-to-summer fitness cheat sheet. Follow this advice and swimsuit shopping will be a breeze.
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"Do a little internal spring cleaning by drinking lukewarm (not hot) water with juice from a half or a whole lemon in the morning before you eat or drink anything else. Lemons are a natural diuretic, so it helps your body to flush unwanted materials out of your body, stimulating your liver, maintaining urinary tract health, and promoting clearer skin."

"Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which aids in fighting off hunger cravings. In addition, the high alkaline content of lemons aid in faster weight loss. The refreshing scent of lemons in the morning is also energizing, brightens your mood, and helps you to clear your mind as you prepare for a challenging workout routine — and busy day at work."

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"Workout on the beach once in a while without shoes! It's great for the muscles in your feet, as well as ankle stability and mobility. Not to mention, you get great resistance, which results in a set of amazingly toned legs."

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"Aim for only 30 minutes of exercise each day. Why? A Danish study proved that exercising less equated to moving more the rest of the day. But don’t forget, intensity is your BFF when it comes to results."

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"Summer workouts require two things: the sun and your body! But if I had one piece of equipment to suggest adding to the mix, it would be a SPRI band. A piece of tubing is a great way to add resistance to an exercise. It travels easy (perfect when vacationing) and you can purchase it at any sports store or online at Perform Better."

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"There are so many ways to take your workouts into the sun for summer. Are you a runner? Make a stop every mile or so and do a short circuit to get that heart rate up. An example could be 20 body squats, 15 burpees, 10 pushups, and a one-minute plank. Then, hop back up and start your run again. Shocking the body with sprints could be another way to break up a mundane running routine."

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"Sign up for a fitness challenge near you that offers prizes, discounts, and motivation! They are typically short (30 to 60 days) to help you keep focused. This is a great way to get and stay motivated with a group of people — and just in time for summer."

Editor's Note: The Bar Method Gold Coast location is hosting a Gold Coast 30-Day Challenge: Participants who take 20 classes in 30 days will receive 20% off their next package.

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"Make fruit ice cubes for your water to help you not only lose weight, but also give you glowing skin and improve digestion. Drop a raspberry, blueberry, or small slice of strawberry into each ice cube tray after you fill them with water. Freeze, and then use ice cubes in your glasses of water throughout the day."

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