Getting Ready for Summer
With summer just around the corner, most of us find that over cold winter and rainy spring, we have gained a few pounds, gotten out of shape, maybe even look like Casper the Friendly Ghost. You may just be worried about how to keep from getting a sun burn, what to do, or what to wear. Let’s explore a few ways to get you in shape, look your best, and be ready for a great Summer.
Get In Shape
With the winter coming to an end and spring coming into full bloom, many of us have gotten a little out of shape. If you want that summer body back (or just to finally have a summer body), you should start with exercise. Most experts feel that DIET and exercise is best, while other experts feel it is best to eat healthy everyday and then “diets” are not necessary. Some of you prefer to work out at a gym while others prefer a home setting. Either way, here are some suggestions for basic workouts.
CHEST: Bench Press, Push Ups, Chest Fly’s
ABS: Crunches, Sit Ups, Leg Raises, Side Leg Raises
LEGS / STAMINA: Jog, Run, Squats
ARMS: Curls, Tricep Dips, Tricep Extensions, Hammer Curls
SHOULDERS: Shrugs, Military Press
BACK: Pull Down Machine, Chin Ups
Skin Care / Tan
Some of you may be worried about getting sun burnt due to light skin, or just worried about how you look since you have lost your tan over the winter. Tanning beds are controversal but some really like that quick sun! It helps get your tan back, which keeps you from burning as easily, and it helps dry up acne and oily skin, and hide the redness from acne.
For those of you with really sensitive skin, you may want to start in a really low level bed, and try to find a place that doesn’t have “the best tanning beds in town” because even their light beds will burn you. Lay only a few minutes to start out. If you can not tan, you may want to just buy a really good sun block for the Summer. And if you have acne and burn really easy, you may want to consult a dermatologist. But most people who burn easy just need time to adjust to the tanning bed slowly.
For girls, you may want to start shaving your legs more often, bikini line, and so on. 4
Make sure you have a pair of sandals or flip flops (that goes for guys or girls). At the least have some tennis shoes. Make sure to have some cargo and / or ball shorts for those hot days you have to get out and have fun. Maybe a few polo’s for those dressier days. And if you want to really get dressed up but be comfortable, try some jeans with sandals and a button up (prefer unbuttoned with some kind of undershirt).
Hand & Foot Care
For those of you wearing sandals or going to the beach or anywhere barefoot, make sure to keep those toenails trimmed and feet clean. Same goes for hands and fingernails.
Make sure to keep your car clean for those pretty days you want to ride around. Look into getting your windows tinted because that will make those summer days cooler in long rides.
Make sure to schedule a few days at LEAST of for a vacation or just time to hang out and enjoy summer with friends.
Make sure to stay moisturized, chap stick, hand / feet lotion, because the summer weather will dry your skin up.
That should get you ready for the summer.