With summer nearing, many are looking for that quick-fix weight loss program that will help shrink the winter bulge that mysteriously appeared the past few months. There are many good weight loss programs out there, but none are quite as good for you as good old fashioned exercise and eating right.
While it may sound cliché, exercise and eating right are the best ways to getting yourself looking good for the summer season; plus it makes you feel better about yourself.
But how do you keep up the motivation of exercising and eating right? After all, most self-programs fizzle because of work, the kids, food shopping, social life, and everything else that gets in the way. Within the week, it seems like you are right back in the drive-thru with no shot at a daily workout.
Sign Up for a 5k Run
The spring season is loaded with 5k walks and runs every weekend through June. Search your local paper, find a local 5k run, and register. Now you are on the hook to force yourself to get in shape.
Signing up for a local 5k will do a number of things for you. For instance, it will force you to set a regular exercise program to train for the upcoming run. It will also create the motivation you need to get yourself in summer-shape. In turn, this will help you to begin shedding those extra pounds.
Phase Out the Junk Food
While you have begun to train your body to get in shape to run in a 5K, now is a good time to get your eating back on track too. Some people fail in their attempts to eat right because they try to do too much too soon. Use moderation in cutting back on the stuff that’s not good for you, like that jelly doughnut at the office, and begin to replace with something that is good, like a piece of fruit.
Set a time-table of four weeks to phase out some of the junk food. By creating a timetable for phasing out the unhealthy foods, you are not depriving your body of something it really likes, and it makes it easier on you to begin eating right.
See the Pounds Fall
Stay committed to the program you set for yourself. The toughest part for any health and exercise change is the first two weeks. By signing up for a 5k, you have committed yourself to begin getting into shape.
Once the run is complete, continue with the training regimen you have set for yourself. Add some basic sit-ups, push-ups, and jumping jacks to your regimen and you will continue to see the pounds shed. Thirty minutes a day is all you need.
By phasing out some of the unhealthy foods and replacing them with a piece of fruit or some vegetables, you will start to feel your energy grow, which will help you continue in your workouts, which of course leads to a slimmer, healthier you for the summer season.