Everyone is obsessed with getting into shape for summer but what about those of us who prefer sweets over squats? Is there a cheat guide to getting for summer? No actually, but there are some things you can do to kickstart your journey to a better relationship with your body.

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Watch What You’re Eating

We know this is something that has been hashed out a million times before but it is true. Watching what you eat is one of the easiest ways to shed those pesky pounds. However, even cutting out a few carlores and switching to healthy alternatives can have a massive impact on your body. Switch the sweet treats to something healthy and watch the numbers on the scale go down.

Yoga at Dawn

One of the best ways to kickstart your day is to get some exercise first thing in the morning. But, if you are not a big exercise fan, the last thing you want to do at 6 am is start sweating. Yoga is an excellent way to stretch your body, focus your mind, and practice some deep breathing before the stress of the day gets to you. Yoga has been known for its weight loss and waist trimming properties. So break out the mat and stretch with your daily om.


If you have enjoyed the early morning yoga routine but want to knock it up a notch, you should consider trying some weightlifting exercises. You don’t need to worry about lifting heavy loads. Even making sure your barbell row form is a great way to get in shape without lifting a lot of weight. Depending on the areas that you want to tone up, you can try out some different exercises to attack the body part. Weightlifting has incredible benefits including reducing your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. 

Have Clear Goals

If your sole purpose of working out is to get into shape, you will need to set some objectives to help you hit them. Do you need to lose weight? Trim off some extra inches off your waist? Or do you just want to enjoy your exercise? Whatever the reason, make sure you have a plan to achieve your goal. The beautiful thing about your fitness goals is that you can make them as simple or as complicated as you want them to be.

Love Your Body

We are all very tough on ourselves, and we can guarantee that you are your biggest critic. When summer season rolls around, we are always well uncomfortable exposing our bodies in tightfitting swimsuits. The truth is, we are all perfect the way we are. Sure, eating healthy is a great goal to have, and if you lose a few pounds or inches in the process, that is awesome. But, we shouldn’t beat ourselves up about not being in the best shape of our lives. Summer is meant to be enjoyed. Embrace your body with all of its perfect imperfections and love the skin you’re in.