5 Tips to Shape Up National Bikini Day

national bikini day

Did you know that the bikini was invented in 1946 by a Parisian fashion designer, Louis Reard? If you have yet to flaunt your bikini bod because maybe those late night slices of pizza and cheese puffs have finally caught up to you, consider this your new goal date: National Bikini Day! TODAY! International Certified Personal Trainer and founder of the Bikini Body Training Company, Kayla Itsines has created 5 fool-proof tips for anyone looking to shape up and score a sizzling bikini body to flaunt their favorite two piece:

1. Find a simple plan and stick to it. Consistency is the biggest piece of advice that can ever be given to anyone. If you train 110 % and eat perfect 110% only 10% of the time you’ll still only get 10% results. I would rather eat and train well always, and get 100% results

2. Less is more. A lot of the time people try and go too hard, too fast. The biggest causes of failure are too much training, restricting calories too far or even not resting enough. This typically results in an overload of stress that can heavily prevent weight loss. If your body is comfortable and not stressed it will act the way you want. Basically if you over work your body and treat it poorly it won’t do what you want.

3. Be patient and be smart. Don’t expect it to be easy and don’t think that your body will immediately develop a habit. It takes time to re-write poor lifestyle patterns and it takes time to see significant results. The road to inner happiness isn’t a straight one it’s a curvy, hilly drive

4. Don’t let other people bring you down. You are doing this to make yourself happy, not to please anyone else

5. Take the advice of ONE person/program. If you constantly change what you are doing your body is always playing catch up. If you do the right thing, one way, all the time you will constantly progress.

Summer Activities and Burning Calories: Fitness Friday

Looking for new ways to burn more calories? Summer is almost gone, but Bob Greene, Oprah’s trainer and founder of “The Best Life”, says, ” If you seize the summer, you can end the season in better shape than you started.” Check out this list of summer activities that Bob suggests to try which will attribute to burning calories. Here are 8 great ideas to help you stay fit just by being outdoors and enjoying what’s left of summertime.

Frisbee—109 Calories: Embrace your inner hippie and get back into the Frisbee-throwing game with some friends (including the four-legged kind).

Bicycling—145 Calories: Go for a spin at a slow to moderate pace on the open road (just be sure to wear your helmet!) Speed up to a fast pace to double your calorie burn.

Paddle boating—145 Calories: This leisure-time activity is more vigorous than you realize.

Badminton—163 Calories: Keep your eye on the birdie and burn calories with this Olympic sport.

Building a sandcastle—181 Calories: Playing in the sand—digging and carrying buckets filled with sand and water offers a pretty good workout.

•Swimming—218 Calories: Jump in for an unstructured swim to burn calories and stay cool. If you swim laps at a leisurely place, you can burn more than 250 calories.

Tennis (singles) – 290: Get that racket out of the back of the closet, and hit the courts for an activity you’ll just love.

Beach volleyball – 290:  You’ll have a lot more fun—and burn a lot more calories—than simply lying under an umbrella.

For more information on Bob Greene and best life see  www.thebestlife.com

Fitness Friday: What is Horizontal Conditioning?

Have you heard of Horizontal Conditioning? My friend, Sandra Koulourides, is the creator of this challenging, body defining workout. She teaches in Birmingham, Alabama, but she has 8 workout DVDS and a monthly Horizontal Club where members get a new workout every month. Check Sandra out and my interview with her below:

1. What is Horizontal Conditioning?

Horizontal Conditioning is a core intense total body workout that uses body weight for resistance.  It builds muscular strength and endurance from head to toe, especially in the core.  It targets the abdominal area like no other workout.    Horizontal Conditioning gives you lean and defined muscles, not bulky ones.

2. Why do you think this type of exercise is so beneficial?

Horizontal works so well because you are holding your body weight up against gravity.  This causes the deepest abdominal muscles to become activated, so that you truly are toning your body from the inside out.  It pushes you outside of your comfort zone, which is why it works.   The results you get from Horizontal are like wearing a corset or “SPANX” all day long.  It constricts your middle like nothing else.

3. Can anyone do this exercise?

Horizontal Conditioning is a challenging workout no matter what your fitness level.   Beginners need to start with the Getting Started DVD and do it on their knees.  As they get stronger, they can progress to their toes and try one of the more advanced dvds.  They key is to just take that first step and start.  It is hard, and you will feel it, but that is why it works!  Keep doing it!

5. What is the best tip to get started?

Horizontal needs to be done 3 times per week for a minimum of 10-20 minutes.  The Getting Started series of dvds are all 10-20 minute workouts.  Within 5-6 weeks you will see changes in your body, especially your abdominals.

6. What are you best fitness tips?

*Be consistent – you will not see changes if you are not consistent

*Don’t be scared of a challenge – that is how your body changes. You can do so much more than you think you can

*Don’t be a cardio junkie – You gotta have muscle.  Muscle gives your body shape and definition.  Muscle turns on your metabolism

Fitness Friday: Bob Harper’s Top 5 Fitness Tips

Bob Harper is America’s #1 TV weight-loss authority and fitness expert from NBC’s The Biggest Loser. You can also find him here on twitter, and he is the creator of Smart Success. Here are his top five weight-loss and fitness tips:

1. Protein is important for building muscle and repair. It is essential to get at least half of your body weight of protein in grams. For example if you way 180 pounds, you must get 90 grams of protein.

2. When traveling, stick to your workout regiment; sneak out to your hotel gym, and get a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio a day. Pack a jump rope-it doesn’t take up much space. Grab a hotel bath towel, and create a short circuit, or just run around the surrounding area of your hotel to keep your body trim and in its normal fitness routine

3. Your warm up sets the mood for your entire workout. Choose something that gives you a dynamic and strong start. An example is standing kicks. They are excellent for getting the blood pumping.

4. When building better abs (or any muscle), work them out 2 to 3 times a week. Not everyday.

5. For an overall body workout, you can keep it simple and stick to push ups. You will see great results.

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