Summer is coming! Are you ready?
Getting ready for summer can be a lot of fun – warm sun, good friends, stylish seasonal clothing and fun activities outside. Getting your body ready for summer can be a bit tougher, as you struggle to melt away the last few pounds of winter weight and beef up those muscles again.
Fortunately, NordicTrack has a few hints on how you can get ready for summer.
Tips for Getting Your Summer Body On
Focus on HIIT
High intensity interval training (HIIT) is very effective and keeps workouts short, so you’re not stuck in the gym all summer. An HIIT workout alternates between bursts of high intensity effort followed by a recovery period of less-intense exercise.
HIIT improves abdominal fat and body weight while maintaining muscle mass, according to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and increases insulin sensitivity to help muscles take up and use glucose for energy. HIIT also improves aerobic and anaerobic fitness, lowers blood pressure, and optimizes cardiovascular health and endurance so you can keep going strong all summer long.
Bring a friend
Exercise partners offer a powerful combination of support, motivation, accountability and even healthy competition. The right partner can inspire you to do just one more set and press on when you feel hopeless. Exercising with a friend also makes working out more fun.
Staying hydrated can help you exercise longer and get more out of the exercise you perform. About 55 percent of the female body and 60 percent of the male body is water.
Because of the important role it plays in the function of body cells, ACSM calls water “the most essential component of the human body.” Exercise causes your body temperature to rise. Your body produces sweat, which contains water and electrolytes, to lower body temperature. Loss of water and electrolytes can interfere with performance and can even have an adverse effect on your health.
Drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise to keep electrolytes and fluid at optimal levels. Because water helps your body regulate your body temperature through sweat, drinking water helps you stay cooler as you work out. Water also lubricates your joints so moving is easier.
Keep your nutrition on track
Food is a big part of fitness. Eating the right foods in the right amounts can help you lose weight and build a strong, healthy body but consuming the wrong foods can make you look and feel terrible. Meal planning is an essential part of healthy living but figuring out what to eat can be a major pain.
Fortunately, advanced technology like iFit® Coach from Nordictrack can help you achieve your nutrition and fitness goals. Simply tell iFit® Coach what you had to eat and, based on your daily activity and caloric intake, iFit® Coach will automatically create a personalized meal plan. iFit® Coach also provides video tutorials and easy-to-follow recipes to help you get the most out of healthy eating.
Brown bag it
Your meal plan should include brown bag lunches and other ready-made meals. Prepare healthy meals in large quantities then refrigerate or freeze single servings. Having ready-made meals on hand reduces cooking throughout the week, costs less, and takes the guesswork out of what to eat that day. Having food on hand can reduce your urge to splurge.
Don’t forget to rest up
The long days and short nights of summer can cut into your sleep schedule. The National Sleep Foundations says that chronically insufficient sleep can increase your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and death. Getting enough sleep improves memory function and mood, helps fight off infection, supports metabolism and curbs inflammation.
Get ready for summer this year with NordicTrack, the authority in fitness you can rely on for good health.