Get in Shape for Bikini Season! March 30 2016, 0 Comments

I don’t know about you, but these first warm days of spring have me dreaming of the beach and the pool! But who is ready to put on that bathing suit and head out? Not me! After months of eating comfort food (read: Christmas cookies and Valentine’s Day chocolate) and wearing bulky sweaters, the thought of bearing a little skin can be somewhat intimidating. Luckily, the warmer weather makes it easier to get outside and get moving!

I know exercise is important year round. It not only helps our bodies burn calories, but according to this information from the Mayo Clinic, it can also help prevent a wide range of health problems, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, depression and arthritis. And a fun little bonus, exercise can improve your sex life! For women it helps enhance arousal, while men who exercise regularly are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction.

As important as it is, it can be hard to exercise in the winter, where you’re more limited by weather and forced to work out indoors, whether it’s at the gym or with a video at home. That’s what’s so great about spring! Just in time for us to get ready for bathing suit season, the weather warms up and we can do our favorite activities outside. Here are a few suggestions to get you moving:

Take a walk. This one’s easy, and one of my favorites. There’s nothing I like better after a long, stressful day at work than coming home, lacing up my favorite athletic shoes, and walking around the neighborhood. It’s a great way to get some fresh air. It helps if you have a walking buddy. Ask a friend to join you, or take your dog if you have one.

Sign up for a 5K. There’s nothing like the goal of a looming race to get you moving. If you’ve always wanted to run, or just want something to help you be more active, go ahead and sign up for that race, and then get yourself out on the track. There are 5Ks all over the place, many of them use the money from your registration fees to support very worthy causes. One I love is the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which supports breast cancer research. There are a lot of these races scheduled for April and May, perfect timing if you start training now. Check out the Couch to 5K for a great training regimen.

Ride a Bike. Remember that feeling of exhilaration you had as a kid, riding your bike through the neighborhood, with the wind rushing through your hair? Riding a bike can be just as much fun as an adult! Check out Bicycling.com for great advice on getting the right gear and getting started, safely.

All of these suggestions are outdoors, because I love the beautiful spring weather! But there are plenty of ways to get active inside, especially for those of you who suffer from spring allergies. Sign up for a Zumba class, join the local Y and start swimming or look for a karate class for adults, where you can get in shape and learn a little self-defense at the same time!

The whole point is to get active for a healthier you. And we all know that feeling good is a huge part of feeling sexy! Here’s to a great active spring season for everyone!