6 Ways To Get Beach-Ready Abs This Summer!
By Guest Blogger & VIDA Personal Trainer Christine Kontra
A lean and toned midsection is desirable year-round – but especially this time of year when you’re hitting the beach and pool every chance you get. Achieving “beach-ready abs” comes down to a combination of healthy diet, consistent workouts, and a well-rounded core routine.
We each have unique dietary needs and preferences that support a healthy weight. The more true you stay to your body, the better! However, there are a few rules that will help anyone stay fit and ready to hit the beach with confidence:
Stay Hydrated. Drinking water reduces cravings (especially for sugar and caffeine), improves clarity and focus, and reduces stress – all of which help lead to healthy eating choices throughout your day while improving your workout performance. Shoot for at least 64oz. each day and use a water-tracking app on your phone to help you stay consistent!
Eat Your Plants First. Make fruits and veggies the first thing you eat at each meal. Saying yes to an apple is psychologically easier and more productive than saying no to the chocolate chip cookie you crave each afternoon. The more you eat clean, healthy options like salad and raw veggies first, the less likely you are to reach for the brownie or chips later in your meal.
Make Time for Yourself. That’s right….pencil in some me-time on your calendar multiple times per week. The number one thing that I see get in the way of healthy eating choices (myself included!) is an overloaded schedule that lacks time for relaxation, friends/family, and hobbies. Say no to one more happy hour and say yes to cultivating the balance you need to be at your best.
Now to your core! Here are a few of my favorite exercises for promoting a strong and sexy midsection:
Forearm Plank. Clasp your hands and stack your shoulders directly over your elbows. Form is everything! Press through your heels as you tuck your tailbone and extend your chest forward while maintain a straight line from your head to your feet. Do three rounds starting at 30 seconds and working up to one minute. Amp it up by hovering one foot an inch off the ground and switching legs half way through.
Russian Twist. Sit on the ground holding a kettlebell or medicine ball. Lift your legs off the ground with knees bent and shins parallel to the floor. Rotate side-to-side touching the weight to the floor next to your hips. Keep your spine long and chest open throughout the exercise. Do three rounds of 20 reps to each side.
Weighted Superman. Flip onto your belly and hold a 2-4lb medicine ball in the palms of your hands with your arms outstretched in front of you. Lift your upper and lower body off the floor as high as you can with only your hips on the ground as your reach in both directions. Do three rounds holding for 30 seconds each and follow by briefly resting in child’s pose.
Christine Kontra is a NASM certified VIDA personal trainer, holistic health coach, and yoga instructor. Her training focuses on helping her clients build a strong, lean and healthy physique while finding balance both in and out of the gym.