Memorial Day is the official opening of swimsuit season. If thoughts of exposing your body make you want to hide in the dark, the following suggestions will steer you back into the light.
Cranking up your workouts will definitely get fast results, but Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett says simple things can make a big difference. Just switching your 11-inch dinner plates for 9-inch salad plates will help with portion control.
Smaller, more frequent meals increase metabolism. Aim for three meals a day, with snacks in between. Make sure you get lean protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats each time. Blend 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk, 1 cup of water, and 1 cup of ice for a healthy midmorning snack.
Success is in the Details
Planning your meals is just as important as scheduling your workouts. Take an hour every week to make a healthy meal plan and grocery list before you shop. Farmers markets are an excellent place to buy fresh produce for less. You’ll save money, get superior quality, and you’ll always have the ingredients you need.
Make the Most of Your Time
Burn fat instead of carbohydrates by exercising when you wake up. Empty stomach workouts burn stored fat because carbs have been processed in your sleep. If you exercise in the morning, you’ll burn fat at an accelerated rate for hours after. Interval training saves time and burns even more fat. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, more calories are burned by short, high intensity exercises.
Get a Jump Start
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health says a healthy breakfast is important in maintaining an ideal body weight. People who skip breakfast to save calories often overeat later in the day, or snack on foods that are high in fat and sugar. Plus, breakfast gives your metabolism a boost.
Replacing sugary drinks with water cuts calories, saves money and hydrates. A quick spray tan lends a healthy vibrancy, and has a slimming effect. It will leave you with a fresh looking flush. Remember to protect skin daily with sunscreen.
Maximizing your time and planning homemade meals keeps your fitness goals on track, and saves money. Money you can spend on a new swimsuit and a summer vacation.
Judi Sheppard Missett, who turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide dance exercise phenomenon, founded the Jazzercise dance fitness program in 1969. She has advanced the business opportunities of women and men in the fitness industry by growing the program into an international franchise business that today, hosts a network of 7,800 instructors teaching more than 32,000 classes weekly in 32 countries.
The workout program, which offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, cardio box and Latin style movements, has positively affected millions of people worldwide. Benefits include increased cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility, as well as an overall "feel good" factor. Additional Jazzercise programs include Junior Jazzercise, Jazzercise Lite and Personal Touch. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.