Smarter Health: Three Things To Do Now For A Beach-Ready Body
I see them too. In catalogs, in the store windows, in those ads that pop into my email box...swimsuits. Anyone else have a little shudder thinking about getting into yours in a few weeks? Now, I'm not one to go down that "You have to be stick thin" road or "Crazy diet" lane, but I am a huge fan of healthy living and feeling good. However, winter month after winter month of not moving as much as I should have has me feeling a little flabby and just not as healthy as I want to be...which just doesn't make donning that one-piece any more appealing.
I've narrowed down three things I'm going to do in the next few months before I make a trek to the pool or the beach. You try them to, and I bet we will all feel a little bit better as we dig our toes in the sand.
-- Drink more water. This is good no matter what time of year. I know I don't drink enough water and it helps so many things -- makes your skin glow, helps those vital organs run properly, and yes, often when I think I am hungry and find myself reaching for a handful of Frosted Animal Crackers (yum), I'm actually thirsty and should be reaching for some H2O. I'm getting one of these reusable bottles to keep in the tote bag, handy and at the ready.
-- Find something active you love to do. It could be Zumba (at the gym, on the Wii, or on a DVD), could be a daily walk, could be playing tennis. Whatever it is, discovering that fun thing to keep you active is essential...that way, exercise doesn't seem like a chore.
-- Lift weights while you watch TV. Get a pair of small weights and keep them in the living room, by the couch. When you are watching American Idol or even while the kids are checking out the latest Wild Kratts or Doc McStuffins, do some arm exercises with weights. Yes, it makes those triceps look better, but lifting weights and building muscle tone also helps us ladies keep osteoporosis at bay.
What are you doing these days to get in shape? Share your little hints here!