The Countdown to Your Summer Body Begins… Now!
carbs to replenish muscles after workouts and to maintain energy levels during your workout. But, on your light or rest days, try to reduce your carb intake so that your body doesn’t turn that unused energy into stored body fat.
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April: Get Your Workout Routine In Order
Now that your nutrition is in check, make a commitment to yourself to workout at least 4 days a week. Aim to get two days of rigorous cardio, consisting of at least 45 minutes of exercise that gets your heart pumping. You can use a machine, take a cardio class, or try a high-intensity interval training routing. Just make sure you push yourself!
On the other two days of the week, focus on incorporating weights into your routine to build total body strength. Regular strength training can help you burn even more calories even while you’re at rest, and help you look leaner and stronger for the summer months, and long after.
May: The Final Push
You’ve set the base for your nutrition and exercise routine. With summer only a month away, May is your month to take things up a notch. Grab an accountability buddy and mix up your workouts. If you’ve been doing cardio on the treadmill or elliptical, move on to a more challenging machine like the rower or stair climber (or an actual set of stairs, of course).
If you can handle it, challenge yourself to do two workouts in one day at least one time a week. For instance, you can take a jog in the morning, and a cardio kickboxing class in the evening. This higher level of activity will shock your system and promote even more fat loss and strength gains that before.
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