So summer’s getting close. And like many, you may be concerned with getting your body perfectly swimsuit ready.
Honestly, summer is my number one favorite time of the year. And my happy place is lying in a hammock somewhere near the beach with a Pina Colada in hand. Mmmmm. I can imagine being there right now.So how do your get your body perfectly swimsuit ready?
Well, I could tell you to reduce your sugar consumption. Or I could talk about the importance of a good breakfast in weight loss. Or maybe about how to stop yourself from stress eating. But this week, I want to delve deeper. Because while these tips might help you feel good in a bikini this summer, I want you to be extraordinarily amazing.
Being radiant in a bikini means more than living up to some impossible ideal. It means feeling great, both inside and out, exuding confidence and actually enjoying being in your body. It means letting go of being picture perfect and embracing yourself for all your gloriousness.
Just follow these simple steps to be truly swimsuit ready for summer.
Buy a bathing suit that makes you feel great – Finding the perfect bathing suit shouldn’t involve hours of harshly criticizing every crevice of your body in a dressing room mirror. Find a swimsuit that makes your eyes light up when you see it. Pick one that feels great against your skin. Choose one that makes you smile. The swimsuit should make YOU feel good. It simply doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks.
Eat foods to make yourself feel vibrant – I talk a lot about nourishing the body. And some of the great side effects of nutrient rich eating is that your skin will start to glow, your mood will elevate, you’ll become more energetic and you will radiate health and vitality. So eat for vibrancy with lots of fruit and vegetables, and some good quality fish for omega-3s. That way you won’t just walk out onto the beach swimsuit ready. You’ll shine.
Drink lots and lots of water – I always say this, but you should drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily. Dehydration can cause inflammation that will not just make you feel horrible. It can make your body puffy, your skin dull and you’ll just feel sluggish. Water is a natural healer. You can slather on all the fake tanner that you want, but you won’t glow unless you stock up on H2O.
Get moving again – Hibernating all winter might have given you a case of the blahs. And if you abandoned your exercise routine, you don’t have to workout to exhaustion to be strong again.
Try this more gentle routine to help you feel confident in your body:
- 2 sets of 20 lunges on each side
- 2 sets of 15 push-ups
- 50 crunches
And as the weather warms up, go outside and walk (or run) for 30 minutes at least 3 times a week. Moving will unburden your mind, will help with detoxification and will help you FEEL confident in your body. And that confidence is more important that what size swimsuit you happen to be wearing.
Reduce your alcohol intake – A glass of wine with dinner, or a cocktail on a night out is fine. But if you’ve been drinking to excess then you’re probably not feeling your best. Excess alcohol intake can lead to problems like malnutrition, poor coordination, insomnia, depression as well as more serious side effects. And you won’t shine this summer if you’re feeling dragged out and groggy.
Surround yourself with loving people – You shouldn’t need to worry what those you spend time with think. Choose people in your life who think you’re beautiful regardless of what you look like on the outside. The people who are worth your time are the ones who see you for the multi-dimensional, vibrant and talented person you really are.
The point is that you don’t need a “perfect body” to be swimsuit ready. The person who feels nourished and strong, who radiates an inner happy light, who oozes confidence and who is at peace with themselves will draw the RIGHT type of attention. And this should be your true aspiration for your fabulous, fun filled summer!