6 tips to get ready for the beach season

wpid-img_20150419_110946.jpgHello my dear readers!

Finally summer is just around the corner and I think everybody wants to be in the best shape for the beach season. This time of the year everybody is looking for speed diets, magic pills, reading articles about how to get a six pack in 4 weeks. You may find lots of trendy diets online, but you really have to be consistent to obtain what you want.

I made a top 6 most important things you should follow to obtain the body you want for summer. So if you want to lose those extra kilos, just follow these steps

  1. Water

Drink at least 3 liters of water per day. Lots of times I hear from my clients that they are so busy they forget to drink water. Lack of water can lead us to headache, but it can also give us a feeling of hunger, although we are not hungry. We need water to control our hunger, helps our metabolism work well, helps digestion and gives us energy.

  1. Proteins in your diet

Proteins are not just in protein bars and protein powder.  Meats, fruits and vegetables also contain good quality protein, vitamins and minerals. We need all these to obtain that toned and healthy look. Our meat consumption should be around 100-110 grams of meat per meal. You should choose chicken breast, turkey breast and fish.

  1. Vegetables

We should eat at least 100- 150 grams/meal. Although you should pay attention to some vegetables like chickpeas, beans, potatoes, lentils and corn. They are higher in carbohydrate, so you should eat them after your workout or leave them out while you diet. Eat instead a lots of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, zucchini, asparagus, spinach, cauliflower, pepper, cucumber, tomatoes, and eggplants. From all these vegetables you can make a wonderful dish.

  1. Carbohydrates

Don’t make the mistake of eliminating carbohydrates totally from your diet. Don’t be afraid of carbs, they speed up our metabolism, gives us energy and make us feel full. The point is to choose them right. Eat 30 grams/meal, 120 grams/day. Choose oats, brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, millet and sweet potatoes.

  1. Healthy fats

These fats are a good source of fat that out body needs and also help us with weight loss. They help our brain function well and also have anti-inflammatory effect too. The best sources of good fats: olive oil, fish oil, nuts and nut butters, avocados and fish. We should eat around 15 grams of fats/meal.

  1. Fruits

Lots of people are surprised when I tell them about the sugar from the fruits. Unfortunately some of the fruits contain a very high amount of sugar. We should definitely not avoid fruits, but be careful with them.  You should eat them especially in the morning. You can eat some berries with your oatmeal, and an apple, grapefruit, kiwi or pineapple as a snack or after your workout.

+ 1 more tip

Everybody knows that a beautiful beach body can’t be obtained without exercising. If you really don’t have time to go to the gym, than try to do some workout at home.

Have a great day!

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Beginners guide to the gym

wpid-img_20150220_205558.jpgHello everybody!

When I say new to the gym, I refer to the people who want to be consistent in a gym, who want to make fitness a part of their lives and most important to make it a habit.

In my opinion before you get your gym membership you have to do a couple of things.

Here they are:

  1. Have a plan! The best option is to hire a personal trainer to make a personalized workout plan for you. You should have that plan printed out, and you should know how to do those exercises correctly.
  2. Get an outfit in which you feel comfortable. It doesn’t has to be super stylish. If you are a girl your sports bra should fit perfectly, not to tight or too loose. You should wear some leggings, and be shore they are not see-through and they fit well. And some comfortable shoes.
  3. 3. Headphones are super important. You go to the gym to work out and mind your own business. You should not care what other people think about you, or look at you. If it bothers you, get also a cool cap, I used to do that, so you will feel even more comfortable
  4. You need an arm band or waist band to put your phone in. Be super careful I see broken phones in the weight sections all the time!
  5. 5. Decide your muscle group split. The traditional way is: Back and biceps, chest and triceps, legs and shoulders, abs and cardio. You can split your workouts in other ways too, depending on your goals and the body parts you want to focus more.
  6. How many sets and reps you should do? Well for beginners I would suggest 4 exercise per muscle group so it’s like 4 exercises for biceps, 4 exercises for triceps…and so on. I would suggest 3 sets of 12-15 reps.
  7. Check your form! There are a lot of mirrors in every gym. Check yourself if you are doing them correctly and also to feel it in the body part you are training. If you train shoulders you should feel it in your shoulders and not in your biceps or something.
  8. Exercising should never hurt! You can feel the burn or that you are sore, but it is not ok to feel pain in your joints!
  9. Do not forget to Stretch! Stretching is super important especially after your workout. It helps lengthening your muscles, and helps your blood flow in those muscles, helping them to recover.
  10. Get a great playlist on your phone. Music can make such a big difference! Your favorite music will push you through your workout. If you don’t have a playlist you can find any kind of music on Spotify or what I like is Fit radio, they have a lot of playlists, different kind of music, so you can choose something you like for sure.

That’s it guys I hope I could help with these tips. Now go and get ready for a great workout!

Have a great day! :*