Summer may be here, but it’s not too late to get the sizzling bikini body you want. Try these three workouts for your best summer body.
Kick It Off With Cardio
A solid cardiovascular workout is key to burning calories and getting your body into swimsuit-ready shape. While you don’t have to squeeze in a heart-pumping workout every day, you should schedule 30 minutes of cardio three days each week. Choose the cardio method that works best for you, whether it’s running, cycling, or the elliptical machine. Make a point of trying different machines or routes to mix it up. Want to make your cardio session even more effective? Keep your arms active or use free weights, so your arms get in on the action.
Tone Your Core
Adopting a regular cardio routine can help you get in shape, but to get ready for the summer, you’ll want to tone your core, too. Take your pick from core-strengthening exercises like abdominal holds, side crunches, leg raises, and planks. Fit in your core toning three times a week on non-cardio days. With this schedule, you’ll stay active throughout the week and consistently work toward your summer body goal.
HIIT It Up
If you don’t have time to waste on the road to getting in shape or if you’re looking for more variety in your regular workouts, try high-intensity interval training (HIIT). This type of workout can help you burn fat quickly as long as you’re willing and able to put in the effort. To do a HIIT workout, push your body to 90 percent of your maximum capacity and then rest at a two-to-one time ratio. Choose from intervals of sprinting, doing burpees, cycling, or your favorite high-intensity workout.
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