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Guest Post: How to Get Your Belly Ready for Swimsuit Season

Swimsuit season is coming and if you are not ready to embrace some body positivity and show off your body the way it is, it’s still not too late to shave off some of that unwanted fat from your belly. Not to worry, I’m not going to just tell you to eat less and exercise more, that “secret” has been out for a very long time and it clearly doesn’t work for everyone, but maybe some of these other tips will:

Ditch the Transport

Moving is the best way to get your metabolism going, and moving absolutely doesn’t have to be just exercise. Throw away your car keys and the bus pass and start walking, cycling and roller skating to your destinations. This seemingly small increase in activity will do a lot more than it might look on the surface: by constantly using your muscles, you are never putting your body in a dormant state – which is when our metabolism slows down. If you have a desk job, try not to use the phone to contact your colleagues, but rather walk over to their desk and talk to them. When watching TV, try not to just sit or lay down, but rather watch it while ironing the clothes, doing some light stretches, or even just sitting up straight. In short: unless you are purposefully sleeping or resting, try to never be in a position where your body thinks it can fall asleep.

Hydrate

You probably already heard of the “drink a tall glass of water as soon as you wake up” tip – and it’s not just gibberish. Not only does if flush out the toxins, but it wakes up your body and tells your metabolism that it’s time to wake up and start working. You should always drink a glass of water or tea before eating because it will fill your tummy to a certain point and make you feel full sooner. We, as humans, tend to overeat, because the signal that goes from our belly to our brain telling us that we’re full isn’t instant, so by the time we get it, it’s already too late and we’ve eaten more than we should. Not to mention that water helps fight cellulite – the other enemy of summer and bikinis – and gives us smoother skin and better hair.

Targeted Fat Reduction

It is simply impossible to target the fat on one part of the body with good eating habits and exercise. Sure, doing certain exercise will give you better muscles in that area, but the fat we lose is the same all over our bodies. The only way to reduce fat in a specific, targeted area is with medical assistance. Don’t worry – in this day and age there is no need to go under the knife. Non-invasive treatments like cryolipolysis are available in some clinics, and they are great for people who want fast results and just don’t have the time to commit to a weight loss plan. But remember – this isn’t a magic wand: you will still have to change up your lifestyle if you want to maintain the results.

No matter what your summer goals are, there is no point in crash-dieting or boot camp workouts a few weeks before the summer. The only way you will be happy and healthy long-term is if you implement changes into your lifestyle that you can follow every day. Start with small, simple changes, and if they stick, you can work your way up to a lifestyle you want to lead. We all feel great when we look great, but it’s important to remember that all bodies are different and all we should be doing is try to be healthy and happy.

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.

Guest Post: 7 Interesting Ways to Get your Summer Body Ready

Good news, guys! Summer’s near! Whether you like to swim, lounge on the beach or can’t wait for your exotic summer vacation, summer is loved by everyone. If you’re one of those people who live to look fit in your swimsuit, then it’s high time you started thinking about getting your summer body ready. One of the things you could do is hit the gym, but if that’s not your style, you can always try some fun alternatives and a few interesting tips that will get you summer-ready.

Work That Pole

If you have the space and are not afraid of hanging upside down from your bedroom ceiling, then definitely install a pole. It might seem silly at first, but just try doing some of the moves and soon you’ll realize just how much strength and endurance it requires. Pole dancing offers a serious full-body workout (especially for your core) and it will certainly get you toned for the summer. Did I mention it’s super fun, too?

Hit the Rocks

Ask anyone who ever tried rock climbing just how good a workout it is. If you decide to hit the rocks, you will experience a serious test of strength for almost all of your muscle groups. You will use your hands to pull and your legs to push and your core to keep you balanced and your brain to calculate the route and….you get it? It’s a fun full-body workout that will get you pumped and leave you asking for more.

Try LARPing

LARPing (Live Action Role Playing) can seem crazy for those who never tried it, but once you let your imagination fly, you’ll realize just  what a good way it is to stay fit. Choose a role play involving heavy costumes and swords and lots of running for dear life, and you’re guaranteed to have a serious workout (and some serious fun!).

Gaming

You might think that games only make you lazy and unproductive, but have you ever played Dance Revolution for an hour? Well, I have, and let me tell you how exhausting it is. You can play games such as tennis, dance, athletics, Olympics and many more on Xbox Kinect or Nintendo Wii. If you’re a big fan of games such as NFS or first-person shooters, you can challenge yourself by only playing standing up or do a quick set of sit-ups or lunges between the rounds.

Longboard

If you watched a movie or a music video with teens from the United States recently, then you must have seen them riding longboards. Longboards are making a huge comeback, and how could they not, when they’re so good for you. When longboarding you must move your feet and legs for propulsion and your arms and body for balance. This will give you a wide range of movements and make you burn a bunch of calories in the process. You will also work on your endurance that will come in handy during the long summer days. You can get some good longboards in skate stores almost anywhere in the United States and you can join the young crowd on the streets and get ready for the summer.

Drink Smart

When working on your summer body, you can’t forget about calories. Do you know how many calories there are in your Jack and Coke or in a single margarita? Between 250 and 500 calories! So, why not try some flavored vodkas instead? They come in many different flavors ranging from your regular fruity flavors to some more interesting combinations such as Cucumber and Basil or Caramel Apple. If you take it with a splash of soda and some lime, you’ll end up with a one-hundred-calorie drink.

Dress Your Salad

If you like to be generous when putting dressing on your salad, then try to avoid those creamy ones and opt for oil-and-vinegar-based ones instead. Another trick you can try is getting your dressing on the side, thus limiting the amount you use. Even though it sounds contradictory, skip the fat-free options. You need fat to feel full and better absorb all the nutrients from the salad.

Working on your summer-body doesn’t have to be all dieting and gym. You can have some fun along the way and enjoy other activities that are much more interesting than a stuffy gym. The only thing you need to do is be active and have some discipline, and when the summer comes you will be ready to shine in your bikini.

Luke is a fitness and health blogger at Ripped.me and a great fan of the gym and a healthy diet. He follows the trends in fitness, gym, and healthy life and loves to share his knowledge through useful and informative articles.

How Do Fit People Stay Fit?

If you admire the gym enthusiasts from afar and wish that you could be like that – you can! It’s a lot more simple than you would probably imagine! So here’s how fit people stay fit…

They Stay Active Outside of the Gym

You don’t just have to limit yourself to seeing them same four walls every day. You should be using every opportunity to go out and explore a new way of getting fit, and also keeping your mind stimulated.

They Don’t Take on New Diets

Fit people don’t go on liquid diets or no-carb diets – it would end up killing them! They just make healthy eating part of their lifestyle.

The most important thing to remember when staying fit and healthy is to listen to your body and give it what it needs. There is no way you would be able to work out every day if you weren’t eating any carbs or protein. You’d just faint from exhaustion, and that’s not living a healthy lifestyle.

They Don’t Always Eat Perfectly

It’s so important to give yourself a cheat meal every now and then. This is so you don’t go crazy and end up binge eating all the things you’ve been craving for the last three months. But not only that, our bodies need to eat bad things once in awhile, so it has to work harder to get rid of the fat.

If you just eat the same healthy food every day, your body will get comfortable in the routine and not work as hard. So treat yourself to that cookie you’ve been eyeing up. But don’t go overboard otherwise you’ll lose all that hard work you’ve been putting in.

They Enjoy the Workout

If you wake up dreading the day ahead of you because you know you have to work your legs today – you’re never going to want to keep up with it, and it’ll get you feeling low too, and we don’t want that.

It’s about finding what you like and what makes you happy. Not everyone likes the same things, so just because your friend says how brilliant her Zumba class was, doesn’t mean you’ll agree. Maybe you would prefer a good session on the cardio machines in the gym. So try a whole bunch of things until you find what works for you.

They Get a Lot of Sleep

One of the most important things to incorporate into your healthy lifestyle is sleep, and at least 7 hours of it! Sleep doesn’t just restore your energy after a hard day’s work; it helps to prepare your muscles and even regulates your metabolism meaning you can burn more and more fat.

They Put Their Health First

While many people allow things like social engagements and work to take over their life, fit people put exercise at the top of their priority list, which is why they look as good as they do.

It may be hard at first, and you will most likely be exhausted, but once you build up the habit, you’ll find it harder to do nothing, than to wake up early to fit your session in!

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

What Stops You From Staying Fit?

We all know what it is like to want to be as fit as possible – and we also all know how easy it can be for other factors to get in the way of that goal. The truth is, staying fit is something which can often seem like an eternal struggle. If you ever feel like this, know that you are not alone. No matter how much work you feel you have to do to get your body to where you want it, it is always perfectly achievable. All it takes is the right attitude, and the right method – and to find a way to counteract those various things which seem to stop you from staying fit. Let’s take a look at what those hindrances are now, to gain a better understanding of the process.

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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Getting That Summer Body You Always Talk About

We all say the same thing every year. This is going to be the summer that counts, the summer that your body is ready for. But, it’s not as easy as that, is it? The mere distractions throughout the year narrow the gap between now and then, and eventually, winter is gone. Now, you’re left out of shape and feeling down for another year. But! For this year, it’s not too late. You can still do it. So, this post will be giving you some tips and advice to keep you motivated while getting that summer body.

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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Guest Post: Best Tips to Stay Healthy and Fit After 50

Life is the most important gift that anyone could receive. Therefore, it’s essential that you respect your time on this planet and take good care of your health. The more serious you are with a healthy lifestyle, the more joyful your days will be. Don’t let anyone tell you that there’s no point in doing your best after you reach a certain age. As long as you find happiness in every new day, there will be tons of new experiences to enrich your life as well. Here are our best tips to stay healthy and fit after 50.

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Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.

Guest Post: 3 Ways to Stay Healthy While Watching Netflix

TV on demand can be massively addictive. I wouldn’t want to go so far as to call it entertainment heroin, but there has been scientific research which has claimed it is a physical addiction.

Whatever the truth about the science, we all know that once we get hooked on a show, it is all too easy to watch episode after episode. In the past, this wasn’t a problem. There was one or two episodes broadcast a week and even if you videoed them and re-watched, the draw just wasn’t the same.

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Breaking The Vicious Circle: How To Stay Fit When Your Health Gets In The Way

Staying fit is important to all of us to a greater or lesser extent. While not everyone goes to the gym or goes running, we all want to be healthy. And while many of us look at a big greasy burger the way a cat looks at a mouse, we know we can’t overindulge. Although obesity statistics are on the up, so is awareness. Note also that the way we record obesity has changed. Here’s how to stay fit when your health gets in the way.

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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Fitness At Home: Get Fit Without Leaving The House

You don’t have to sign up for the gym to get fit. After all, that can get expensive quick, and many people get bored with going after a few weeks. And that will lead to a wasted membership! In fact, one of the best places to start to achieve your fitness goals is right in your very own home. There are loads of little changes you can make to your daily routine that can help increase your fitness, and you’ll also find a lot of items around your home can be used for a workout! Here are some awesome hacks that can help you get fit without leaving the house.

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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

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