Everyone seems to take it easy in the winter. We’re layered up and in hibernation from the cold, not thinking about this time of year when we’re quickly trying to de-bloat and become more active. But now that we’re losing the layers in favor of lighter fabrics and colors, while spending more time outdoors, we’re all-too-aware of how our winter behaviors have taken a toll on our body. You’ve still got a few weeks until summer, though – make the best of them! Use these tips to get rid of that winter bloat, gain more energy for summer activities, and feel good in your summer clothes.
Beat the Bloat
The foods we eat in the winter, combined with a lack of physical activity, tend to bloat us. Do a quick de-bloat:
Drink enough water. It sounds counter-intuitive, but dehydration will cause you to feel bloated.
Eat enough fruit. You need the fiber to properly digest everything, and the nutrients will give you energy.
Skip the salt. Go for fresher foods as opposed to processed meals to cut down on sodium intake – it’s a huge culprit of bloating!
Eat your yogurt as well as quinoa, almonds, asparagus, oatmeal, artichokes, cucumbers, and hot tea. They’re all known debloating foods!
Get Tank Top Arms
If you want to do a quick tone-up before wearing more revealing clothes, don your workout leggings and headband, because you’re going to have to do a little work! Here’s a quick routine for tightening your tris so you look good in tank tops, dresses, and swimsuits.
10 pushups – no one likes them, but they’re a necessary evil. Start out doing them on your knees if they’re too difficult, and work your way up to a standard plank push-up, but don’t skip them! They tone your chest, back, arms, and core.
8 bicep curls, 8 half curls, 8 bicep curls – for that defined arm muscle.
15 shoulder presses – like you imagine Arnold doing.
10 pushups – yes, again.
15 tricep dips – the closer your feet are to your butt, the easier the move will be. Work your way up!
15 back rows – use heavier weights, your back muscles can take it.
15 lateral raises – like you’re flying.
10 pushups – one more time!
15 tricep kickbacks – with 20 pulses at the end.
Boost your Energy
Getting more energy doesn’t mean doubling up on the coffee. Try drinking a green smoothie – it sounds gross, but trust us, it tastes great. Combine a few handfuls of spinach with half a frozen banana, ¼ cup of frozen berries, a splash of coconut oil, a scoop of vanilla protein powder, and some ice cubes for a morning boost.
Also, try doing a quick cardio circuit in the morning to kick start your metabolism and give yourself energy and endorphins to last you through the day. Do a minute of jumping jacks, a minute of step-touches, a minute of jump roping, a minute of step-touches, a minute of high-knees, and another minute of step-touches. Repeat two or three times and take on your day!