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5 Dance-Inspired Moves For a Fit Summer Body

Summer is almost here. Now is the time when we ask ourselves why we had those extra calories all winter. Everyone faces this dilemma. Even dancers, who work at their craft all year must take a serious look at their bodies to determine if there is an area that needs attention.

In this post, we will explain five great dance moves that will help you tone up for your beachwear. Before we do, we must address your shoes. Sneakers for dancers are not the same as sneakers for everyday wear. They look cool, and some are glam and glitter. But these shoes are a tool. They are the tool that will protect your feet and other parts of the body.

Imagine for a moment, you are in the middle of a dance routine. You are using all the muscles in your body for a perfect performance. But, when it is time to turn, your shoes stick to the floor. They do not slide with your body’s momentum. You will be injured. It is a matter of where and to what extent. But, you will be injured.
10-minute pro workout

Benjamin Allen is a professional dancer and choreographer. He has developed a 10-minute work. We will not say it is easy, but there are no complicated steps. Once your body has adjusted, you will be marching toward fitness. These workouts tones and strengthen the legs, thighs, pelvis area. They will also rejuvenate your abs. You will burn a lot of calories, work your abs, leg, backside, and arms. For a video on how to use this workout, click here.

Apple Pickers Arm Toning

Stand with your legs open and even with the shoulders. Extend both arms above your head. Bring your arms down (at the same time) until they are bent at the elbow and you are holding them in a “U” formation.

While you bring your elbows down to a bed, raise your left leg. Your left leg should be raised enough that the knee is almost touching the elbow. Repeat with the right leg. As you get the hang of it, your body will reward you. Continue for 5-10 minutes
.You can work up to that point.

Feet Raised Tummy Tuck

Lay flat on your back (no pillow.) place your arms at each side of your body. Raise both feet about 4-6 inches above the bed. While you are holding your feet off the beds, hold.

This is a great exercise to help you get in shape. You can do this in bed before you get up, or at night before sleep. Or, you can do it on the floor using an exercise mat.

Pull in your stomach as far as you can. Imagine you are trying to get your belly to touch your backbone. Hold this pose to a count of 5. Relax, and then go again. Every day or two you should get stronger and you should add a number. When you have gotten to the number 10, you are doing well

Tip: you can tone your stomach muscles all day. While you are driving, walking, or working pull in your stomach in as far as it will go. Count to then relax. This will tighten your muscles and take inches off your waist.

The Elevator

There is more to having a sexy body than having a flat tummy. When you slip into your bikini, your legs, back, bottom and arms are exposed. The “Elevator” addresses all of these areas.

Stand with your feet apart to the width of your shoulders. This dance move is usually done as part of the choreography, but it is not done repeatedly as you will do for exercise.

You will put all your weight on one leg. Bend the other leg and raise your knee. At the same time lower your chest to try to touch your knee. You will repeat this to a count of 10, or do 5 on each leg and 5 on the other.

Tip: while you are doing this move, the bent leg should never touch the floor.

The Balance

The balance is also known as the “waltz.” It is a three-step combination in which the dancer steps to the side with one foot, lifts onto the ball of the second foot from behind /the ankle, then replaces weight on the ball of the first foot to begin again on the other side. Here is a tutorial for the balance. Please note, with practice you can do this with handstands and forearms.

10 Things to Do The Summer Before College

The summer before college is a little bittersweet. You’ve just thrown your graduation cap with all of your grade school friends and are now preparing to not only say goodbye to them but also your family. It’s a weird transitional time of where you’re closing one chapter and preparing to begin another one. Here are 10 things to do the summer before college to help make the transition a little easier and fun.

#1. Contact your soon-to-be roommate (if you’re living in the dorms).

Once school begins you’ll be spending quite a bit of time with your roommate, so you might as well get to know them before school starts. Because, how awkward is it to meet someone for the first time and then sleep in the same room as them that same day? To avoid the awkwardness, you should at least talk to your roommate before the move-in day. The first step could be email (simply introduce yourself), and then maybe after a couple of back and forth you can add them on social media. But REMEMBER: while social media can be a good way to learn about the other person’s interests, hobbies, and lifestyle, it’s never the whole story. So skim, don’t stalk!

Speaking of social media…

#2. Clean up/organize your social media accounts.

Remove any old embarrassingng posts that you don’t want your roommate to see.

Make a LinkedIn account. You can find jobs/internships, network with professionals in any field, and much more. You might not use it all too much right away, but you’ll definitely see the use of it later on in your college life. (Speaking of which… you should begin your internship search NOW – trust me, it’s not too early!)

Join the Facebook page and/or follow the Twitter account for your class and stay updated! Talk to people, ask questions, and make friends before you officially start college.

#3. Make a list of things you need to buy for your college dorm.

But you might want to hold off on actually buying them until you’ve seen your dorm room.

#4. Register for classes.

Review (which means actually read through) the syllabus for each class to see if it’s something that you’d actually be interested in. Remember, this is college, where you actually pay for your classes – therefore only register for classes that you think are going to be worth your time, money, and effort!

*You might want to check the reputation of the professor before registering for a class, although you have to use your discretion with some of the reviews.*

#5. Apply for scholarships.

Most colleges offer financial assistance of some sort, including university grants, but you can always apply for outside scholarships! But before you go ahead and start applying to scholarships, master these scholarship hacks first so you don’t waste time!

#6. Look up textbooks for your classes.

Be warned: textbooks are expensive! However, there are good and bad times to buy textbooks, and TUN’s Textbook Search Engine will give you the cheapest options (new, used, or e-books) for your textbooks.

#7. Research clubs and organizations offered by your school.

Be prepared to get involved! One thing that a lot of college grads express regret over is not being involved on campus. Joining clubs and organizations is a great way to make friends and build professional relationships.

#8. Look into your school’s Study Abroad programs (highly recommended!).

Plan ahead: talk to your parents, do some research, and write down any questions you might have.

#9: Pick up your forgotten hobbies or learn new skills!

This may be picking up your guitar that’s been collecting dust in the corner of your room for years, vlogging, workout out, or learning Photoshop or Excel. Let’s face it – you probably have more time now than you’ll ever have (sorry…) so make good use of it!

#10. Take it easy.

In college, most students work over the summer, and after you graduate from college, you’ll miss the big block of free time called summer vacation. So take advantage of it. Take a road trip with some friends, go on a family vacation, and hang out with your high school friends before parting ways (even though you’re probably going to get together for Thanksgiving break, Christmas break, New Years, and basically any major Holiday or breaks)!

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 with a Sports Management minor.

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 help you get belly ready for swimsuit season.

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; 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. Not only does if flush out the toxins, but it wakes up your body; telling your metabolism that it’s time to wake up and start working. You should always drink a glass of water or tea before eating; 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.

Guest Post: All-Natural Spring/Summer Skincare

Do you know that perfect looking, glowy summer skin you see being advertised everywhere?! It’s something that can make every woman jealous. Unfortunately, most of us are stuck with that not-so-perfect skin which often requires expensive treatments and all kinds of high-end cosmetic products we can’t afford. But don’t lose hope just yet! There is no need to spend your entire month’s salary on skincare products. Just follow these simple few steps which will make you achieve that flawless look you’ve always wanted:

Eat Healthy

You’ve heard it a million times before, fried and processed foods are your skin’s worst enemies. So, avoid eating greasy junk food.
Also, avoid sugar, unless you are using is as an exfoliator.

What you should do is stick to a healthy diet of these so-called “skin foods” which is the key to maintaining a healthy complexion.

Some of them are:

  • Cooked tomatoes – filled with Lycopene, the phytochemical that makes red, tomatoes help boost collagen strength which gives you that youthful structure.
  • Carrots – contain plenty of beta-carotene and vitamin A which prevent overproduction of cells in the skin’s outer layer.
  • Salmon – contains dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), an amino acid compound that strengthens cell membranes and guards them against deterioration which causes premature aging.
  • Eggs – Always eat the entire egg. The yolk contains the “beauty vitamin” called biotin which helps protect skin from acne, rashes, and even dryness.
  • Blueberries – also known as nature’s number one superfoods. Packed with antioxidants, blueberries help your body fight cell-damaging and skin-aging free radicals. They also help boost the strength of collagen fibers.

Drink lots of fluids

With the upcoming warmer seasons, everything starts getting dry. Whether it’s water, tea or a fresh fruit juice, drink it as much as you can, whenever you can.

“Without adequate water intake, skin appears duller, and wrinkles and pores more prominent”, explains Rachel Nazarian, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist at the Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City and an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Here are some of the essential facts when it comes to the importance of drinking water:

  • Water is essential to maintain the optimum skin moisture.
  • Water is a crucial factor when it comes to anti-ageing treatments – it keeps the skin well hydrated and glistening.
  • Drinking plenty of water battles skin disorders like psoriasis, wrinkles, and eczema.
  • Cold water makes pores tight thus preventing them from getting clogged.
  • A cold water bath soothes redness and prepares the skin for better makeup application.

Watch out for the Sun!

Avoid direct exposure to the sun during UV radiation hours – between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m, if you can’t then at least cover yourself.

If you want to work on your tan, do it early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Soaking up the sun accelerates the effects of aging and increases your chances of developing skin cancer.

Always use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.

Also, wear sunglasses with total UV protection or contact lenses which offer UV protection.

Use Natural skin care products

You should always prefer All-natural skin care products opposed to chemical ones. The simple reason is that the chances of side effects are immensely lower when it comes to going natural.

This is one of the most important things you can do for your skin!

Choose wisely! Use only high-quality cosmetic brands like Dermalogica which has almost 30 years of experience behind it and highly satisfied consumers all around the world.

Don’t buy products without doing research, read the labels to find the active ingredients and make sure they are suitable for your skin.

Create a daily skin care routine: The key to having a healthy skin is establishing what you need and sticking to it.

Try to remember that perfect, glowy skin actually comes from within. Take care of your body and in return, it will give you the flawless look you won’t ever get tired of flaunting.

Get Lean this Summer

Summer might not be far away, but there’s still plenty of time to get lean before you have to bare all in a bikini. No matter where you are on your fitness journey, there are lots of things you can do to ensure that you look better by the time summer rolls around.

Here’s what you need to do to get lean this summer:

Ramp up the Cardio

If you have weight to lose, your first step should obviously be getting rid of those excess pounds. That means cardio and lots of it. Running, dancing aerobics – they will all help you to lose weight so that you can concentrate on leaning out and tanning up.

If you want to really ramp up your cardio weight loss, you could try exercising in a fasted state, which means that you would need to fit your workout in before your first meal of the day. There is some evidence to suggest that doing this will help your body to burn more fat. You can read more about fasted cardio at https://legionathletics.com/fasted-cardio/ if you’re unsure whether it’s a good idea for you to work out this way.

Increase Your Meals

In the spring and summer months when the weather is starting to get warmer, it’s easy for your appetite to slow to a crawl, but if you want to get lean, you need to be eating enough calories to support your body through exercise and help you to build lovely lean muscles. One trick that a lot of bodybuilders use is increasing their meal frequency so that they eat 5-7 smaller, light meals per day. Do this, and you’ll meet all of your calorie needs and keep your metabolism firing on all cylinders.

Get Toned in Ten

It might sound impossible, but you can actually get toned in as little as ten minutes. The workout program at http://www.piyoreviews.com/ will help you do just that if you stick to it religiously from now until summer, and combine it with some of the other tips in this post.

Stay Hydrated

I cannot stress just how important it is to stay hydrated when you’re working on cultivating a leaner body. If you are even a little bit dehydrated, your body’s fat-burning ability will slow down, you’ll feel terrible, and you’ll have a much tougher time getting through the exercise you need to get results.

Get Rid of Sugar

Nothing will ruin your efforts to get leaned more than a diet high in sugar. Sugar is nothing but empty calories which will quickly turn to fat in the body. It will also make you feel sluggish after the initial boost, naming it more difficult for you to stick to your diet and exercise regime. If you have a sugar craving, eat a piece of fruit instead. The sugar you get from fruits is healthier and less likely to lead to binges or crashes that say chocolate or candy.

Get a Fake Tan

Doing all of the above will help you to get leaner than you’ve ever been, but if you want to enhance your results, getting a spray tan, or faking your own bake will slim you down and give you an even leaner look. It’s okay to fake it sometimes!

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 with a Sports Management minor.

Get Fit Before Summer Hits

So, you’ve realized that summer is just around the corner and you’re starting to panic. Sit back, take a deep breath and relax. You might not have much time left until the start of summer, but there is still enough time to get in shape and ensure that you can wear your bikini with pride.

Here are some quick tips to help you get fit before summer hits:

Eat Breakfast Like a King

If you want to slim down in time for summer, you might want to rethink when you consume the bulk of your calories. Most of us eat our biggest meal at dinner time, but research from Skidmore College suggests that eating our biggest meals earlier in the day can help us to drop more weight than eating later in the day. So, eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a queen and dinner like a lowly subject to maximise your weight loss potential.

Go Easy on the Carbs

Another way to get rid of a bloated belly and lose your love handles rapidly is to dramatically cut down on a number of carbs you eat. You could lose as many as 14 pounds in a month by going on a very low carb diet, where the bulk of your calories come from protein and healthy fats, but even if you don’t want to go to extremes, cutting down on refined carbs could help you to lose a few pounds and get a flatter belly by bikini season.

Follow a Bikini Body Guide

If you can find a good bikini body guide, and http://www.bikinibodyguidereview.com/ can help you with that, and you follow it religiously, you should see an improvement in your weight and muscle tone in as few as four weeks. Of course, you’ll need to stick with it a bit longer than that for optimum results, but start now, and you will look better by summer.

Practice Yoga

Have you noticed that dedicated yogini’s all have the most wonderfully lean, toned bodies? It isn’t a coincidence; yoga’s fine mix of bodyweight exercises and serious stretching is perfect for building the kind of lean muscle mass which makes you look beautiful in a bikini. Practice for an hour a day, using https://www.doyogawithme.com/, and you will see spectacular results much sooner than you think.

Go for a Run

Cardio exercise is great for burning fat, and running is one of the most effective forms of cardio exercise available to the average person. If you have love handles, take up running right now and not only will you see them diminish, but you’ll tone up your arms and legs too.

Ditch the Soda

You can’t exactly strut your stuff in a bikini when you’re suffering from belly bloat, and you know what causes more belly bloat than anything else? Soda. Switch your daily carbonated beverages for fat-fighting green tea and reap the rewards.

What’re Your Thoughts

All of these things will help you get fit in time for your favorite season, but only if you put them into practice every day from now until the first day of summer. So, show some resolve, do whatever it takes to get motivated and work hard.

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 with a Sports Management minor.

It’s A Long Summer Run Ahead

Getting out and about and exercising during the summer months is so rewarding. We get nicer weather to make the most of, longer days to utilize and everybody tends to feel a lot happier about themselves. It’s a one-way ticket to success if you start your workout regime at this time of the year, but few people tend to see that. They stick with the idea that starting off at the gym and getting fit and healthy in January is the way to go. Who wants to push their body to the limits in the cold when you’ve got the option of embracing nature and the outdoors when the temperature starts to rise?

Make The Most Of The Weather

We get summer for a few months each year. There are places all around the world that are lucky enough to have it almost all year round, but for the majority of us, we are stuck with the seasons. And who can begrudge that? It offers variety to our training regime and ensures that we are not bored on a day to day basis.

We see different things when we are out running and it gives s the chance to get creative with our routes. Stick to the same thing every single day, and you’ll soon begrudge the reason that you’re running and grow complacent and bored with what you’re doing. While the weather is fair and you can get the most out of your days, try and extend your running path a little further each time. Most marathons and training events happen over the summer, so entering yourself for one at the start of summer to complete at the end is a perfect goal to aim for.

Remember To Fuel Your Body

It’s easy to forget just how much more water your body needs when it’s warmer than it does compared to the colder months. It’s also easy to forget that you need to switch up your foods to cater for the fact that your body will naturally burn more calories in warmer weather.

If you are looking to run for weight loss rather than fitness; then supplement with something like Royal 21 Queen and ensure that you are eating a balanced diet. However, if it’s solely for fitness, then you need to make sure that you are taking care of your body in the way it needs to be taken care of. Eating the right food for your body is like fuelling a car; if you are running on gas, it’s silly to put diesel into it. It won’t work.

It’s the same with what you eat before a big run. If you are eating a lot of the wrong foods, your body won’t work in the way that you want it to. You need complex carbohydrates to give you a slow release of energy throughout. Make sure that you have drunk plenty before you set off if you are averse to carrying water around with you. Think about the treats that you can have after your run – the healthy eating binge doesn’t have to last forever!

Take Note Of Your Statistics

If you have a smartwatch such as a FitBit, it’s easy to keep track of how many calories you are burning, what your pulse rate is like throughout your run and how far you have traveled. It’s a good idea to take a note of these statistics and have them on file. There are a few reasons for this.

The first is that it’s a real motivation for you to see how far you’ve come from the start of the summer to the end. It’s a great feeling to look down and see that you’ve burned X amount of calories as well as running X amount of distance.

The second is to be able to gauge how many calories you are burning over a period of time to be able to fuel yourself efficiently.

The third is to notice any anomalies in what you are doing and bring them to attention. If you have noticed that your heart rate is deviating from the norm after you have reached a plateau, or are seeing that you’re not running somewhere as fast as you were and reached your destination in a time that reflects the amount of work that you’ve put into your training, it may be time to seek the help of a professional.

Even if it’s just a false alarm, it’s still a good idea to get checked over to ensure that you are doing everything right and there’s not something happening within your body. This can be harder to pick up on in colder months as your body has to continually adapt to the temperature outside and takes longer to warm up. Use the summer months as your motivation to finding out the cause of a problem, if there are any.

Get Social, Pick A Buddy!

The tremendous thing about running in the summer is that you will have people who are willing to do it with you. Whether they’re novices or advanced in their field, running with a partner in tow can do wonders for your motivation – and theirs. Remember to take it at a pace that suits the both of you, or pair up with other people who are on their level if they are uncertain that they’ll be able to keep up at all.

We all had to start somewhere, and it bodes well to humble yourself and remember that when trying to introduce other people to a sport that you may well be a whizz at. It takes a certain amount of dedication, a pinch of time and a whole lot of luck and talent to be exquisite at something, so nurture the person who decides to take this step and support them on their journey. If they don’t like it, don’t worry – it’s summer, and you are totally free to do what you want!

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 with a Sports Management minor.

5 Simple Ways to Get Your Beach Body

We all want to look fabulous in our bikinis and swim costumes, but how do we do it? Sometimes it can be hard to maintain a rigorous diet, especially if you have a busy schedule to work around. No more confusion, because here are just a few simple tips on how to get that sexy body for this summer.

Walk Instead of Driving

Not only is it good for you physically, but the mental benefits are fantastic too. A few moments of fresh air is great for the brain and helps you to clear your head. It gives you a chance to think things through like ‘what holiday do I want this year?’ Or ‘where do I see myself in 10 years?’. If you’re walking with someone, it’s even better. This gives you time to socialize, instead of having the pressure of driving to ruin it. So next time you need to pop down to the corner shop, think about walking instead.

Get Down to the Gym

Working out at the gym at least 4 times a week, for one hour, is a fantastic way to get into shape. Not only is it good for your body, but it’s great for your mental wellbeing. It gets your brain stimulated and pumped up for the day ahead! If you’re just starting, take it easy. Whether it’s doing cardio or muscles, keep it at a steady pace for the first few weeks. Even if you’re unable to go to the gym for the day, slot some time in to do some exercise at home. A portable sit-up bench from an online store, such as Sportzbits would do just the trick.

Eat Breakfast Every Day

Start your day off properly and enjoy a healthy breakfast. You know that myth about it being the most important meal of the day? Well, that’s true. Eating breakfast stops you from snacking, and it makes you less hungry, which means you eat smaller sized meals throughout the day.

Cut Back on Fatty Foods

We can all agree that’s it tempting to eat that chocolate bar over the healthier options, but at the end of the day, it may taste better, but it’s not helping us to lose weight. Also, instead of eating a takeaway, try experimenting with more healthy foods in the kitchen. Not only does it save you money, but it’s a fun, new hobby to get involved with. There are tons of blogs dedicated to healthy and unique dishes, for example, Sprouted Kitchen to get you on the right track.

Set Goals

Lastly, be realistic with yourself and set goals. Losing weight or toning your body won’t happen overnight. Buy a calendar or a diary to keep track of what you are doing to achieve your beach body and keep working towards it. You could even use websites such as, MyFitnessPal which keep track of your calories and help you to follow a particular diet. Have a fitness buddy too! You and your friend/partner could set goals together and work as a team.

Follow these steps, and you’ll be well on your way to looking good for this summer!

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 with a Sports Management minor.

Love Your Body: How To Stay Motivated To Get In Shape

In the everlasting quest to get fit and achieve the bodies we’ve always dreamt of; it can be hard to motivate yourself to get out of bed or off the couch and go to the gym. Here are some tips on how to stay motivated to get in shape…

Get A Fitness Buddy

First of all, talk to your friends to see if there’s anyone who shares similar fitness aims to the ones that you have; and if so, it’s time to buddy up and start getting fit together! Whether it’s going for Saturday afternoon hikes together, attending yoga classes and then going to a juice bar afterward, or simply going on dog walks around the block together. Having a fitness buddy will make getting in shape a lot more fun for you; plus you’ll be able to spur each other on to do more and more.

Get Outside

Spring is finally here which means that you can take full advantage of the great outdoors to get healthy. There are plenty of things that you can do outside to get fit; ranging from getting off the train a stop early on your way home from work and walking for an extra ten minutes, to going to your local open air swimming pool and taking a dip in the cool water. Biking is also getting increasingly popular; if you’re lost on what equipment you should buy, look at this year’s best mountain bikes reviewed online to find the one that’s the best fit for you and your lifestyle. Make sure that you’re aware of what’s going on around you if you’re biking on the road; wear a helmet and don’t listen to music.

Raise Money For Charity

If you’re planning to run a marathon, but you’re worried you might give up halfway round; sign up to do it for charity and get your friends and family to sponsor you; and remember it doesn’t have to be a marathon, a 5K can work just as well! Make sure that you train properly, so your stamina is good, and that you have excellent quality running shoes along with clothes made of moisture wicking fabric; make it easier on yourself by having the right tools! Pick a cause that’s close to your heart to keep you motivated as you go around the course.

Find What You Love

Finally, if you hate whatever fitness exercises you’re doing, then it’s hard to motivate yourself. Not everyone learns to love the gym; doing weights or machines in the same room as a lot of other sweaty people simply isn’t for everyone. Likewise, not everyone will love running as it can feel depressingly solitary if you’re more of a sociable person. Make sure that you’ve found an exercise that suits you; whether that’s a twice-weekly Zumba class where you can dance to your heart’s content, or a yoga class where you can find spiritual as well as physical fulfillment, or even a regular hike that you can take with your dog. The best way to feel motivated is to love what you do.

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 with a Sports Management minor.

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