4 Steps to Get the Ultimate Bikini Body
Well, unless you don’t have a bikini, then you don’t have a bikini body. But in all seriousness, if you have a bikini and you’re a human, you’ve got a bikini body. I know, revolutionary stuff, right?
Year after year springtime brings hoards of articles aimed toward what type of diet and exercise rules we need to follow in order to look like a Victoria’s Secret swim model, which quite frankly is 1) unachievable for most people and 2) not the best picture of health.
I’d like to think that all the “love our body” movements have squashed this bikini talk, but the reality of it is, people are still buying in to the bikini body buzz.
For the sake of providing you with useful information and not just another article about loving yourself just the way you are (which you totally should), here are four real actions you can take to be comfortable in your bikini body:
1.) Keep it General
When you think of wearing a bikini what’s the body part that comes to mind that immediately brings forth fear?
Usually it’s your abs, or your butt, maybe your arms. Who knows, everyone has their own hang-ups.
What most people do when clinging to the fear of their “problem area” is they immediately try to fix it by focusing on countless crunches, squats or pushups. Those are all great exercises, but just doing one of them is not going to help your problem area.
You may have heard this little nugget of advice before, but spot training doesn’t work.
Stop focusing on the specific, and start focusing on general, overall fitness, i.e. total body strength training workouts, HITT training, moderate-intensity exercise like power walking for an hour, TRX. Things that don’t focus on one particular area.
Pushing yourself to work your whole body will not only allow you to see a dramatic difference in your feared problem area, but you will feel tighter and more toned overall.
2.) Push Your Limits
Your entire problem with your bikini body is 100% mental and 0% physical.
You’re thinking, “what if people think I’m stupid for even wearing a swimsuit in public,” and “if I could just fix this I would finally feel confident.” See how those statements are completely wrapped up in your own thoughts and not related to the fact that you are fully capable of wearing a bikini?
What many people don’t realize it’s not what your body looks like, it’s what your mind is telling you about you body that is setting you back.
People who lift weights will tell you that many times lifting a certain number of pounds has nothing to do with your actual strength, but your mental ability to pick up the weight and do just one more rep.
So whether it’s pushing yourself to increase your weight just by 2 pounds, or squeeze out just three more reps of that exercise, or running for another 100 yards, or hold that yoga pose just 5 seconds longer, you’ll shift your mindset from a passive “if this than that” frame of mind to a “I did this” active frame of mind.
Suddenly wearing a bikini doesn’t seem so hard when you just managed to leg press half your body weight or fold yourself in to a pretzel for an hour straight. Mind over matter.
Having grown up in the wonderful land of the sunshine state I have seen the gamut of bathing suits. From bikinis that resemble dental floss to bathing suits straight from the 1920’s, I have literally seen it all.
Now this statistic isn’t based on any formal research, but I would venture to say that 95% of the reason some people don’t look good in a bathing suit is because they’re wearing the wrong suit for their body type, and the other 5% aren’t actually wearing a bathing suit. General note: you may think you’re fooling people by wearing your fancy bra to the beach, but you’re not.
Anyhow, face the dressing room mirror head on and try on a ton of bathing suits. Seriously, a ton. Find one that doesn’t cut in to you, but sits snugly and isn’t loose. Find a color that works well with your complexion, and try on various styles.
Also, one-pieces are not reserved for grandmas, I saw a girl in her twenties in a peplum style one piece and it was fantastic. Not all bathing suits are created equal, you have to try on more than two styles to find one that’s going to look flattering on you and that you’re going to feel good about and that runs for everybody regardless of your shape or size.
4.) Eat More
You probably want to kick me in the shins for saying this, but you’re most likely not eating enough, or you’re not eating enough of the right thing.
Do you eat a real breakfast? Do you have a mid-day, between lunch and dinner meal? Do you eat after a workout?
If not, you’re not eating enough.
Now, I’m not so naive to say that what it is you’re eating doesn’t matter because it obviously does, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say you know you should be eating healthy foods, for example, lean proteins, lots of veggies and complex carbs.
If you didn’t know that, please give our Registered Dietician, Cat, a call. Homegirl will hook you up with all sorts of knowledge about how to eat good-for-you food that doesn’t taste like bird seed.
So many “get a bikini body” plans and advice columns talk about cutting salt to prevent bloat and drinking a cayenne and lemon drink in the morning for fast fat-loss results, but this isn’t going to help you in the long-term. Start fueling your body the right way and you’ll see that eating more good food helps you burn more fat and build more muscle, and it actually doesn’t take that long to start seeing results or feeling great. Win, win, and win.
So you ready to finally own that bikini body you already have?
Yeah, we thought so. Come in to VIDA and talk to your membership consultant and they’ll show you the ropes on how to get started on all these things we’ve mapped out above.
Well, except for the trying on bathing suits part, that’s all you.