Workouts That Work

As the weather continues to get warmer, the days longer and summer fun begins to highlight the atmosphere, many of you are in a crunch (literally) to get your body ready for the summer. While it’s often said that summer bodies are made in the winter, here are a few tips to help get a move on that summer body! First, set a specific, and realistic, goal for yourself. Whether it’s a smaller shirt, pant or dress size, eating healthier, a specific number of pounds to lose, or increasing lean muscle mass, setting a goal will help keep you on track, focused and determined. Second, it’s the perfect time of year to rid your cupboards and refrigerators of all the processed, high sugar, calorie deficient foods such as cookies, white pasta and rice and chips and replace them with lots of vegetables, fruits, nuts/seeds and learn meats/proteins (think fish, chicken and eggs). Third, completing workouts first thing in the morning will leave you feeling energized, focused and a sense of accomplishment to start the day. Try working out before work 3 days a week for 3 weeks and see how it goes, you may surprise yourself. Lastly, we at Orangetheory Fitness get a significant number of questions of how to get ones legs, core and butt in shape. Squats and lunges are two of the best exercises to get the legs and butt in shape. Mix in different variations such as sumo squats, squat jumps, squat holds, forward lunges, reverse lunges and side lunges to tone throughout the leg and butt area. If you’re looking for a stronger, more toned core, focus on variations of not only core exercises, but also low back and oblique exercises to help keep the core tight (think side crunches, plank side dips and back extensions). Remember, sitting is the new smoking so get up, move around and keep that body healthy!!