With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start planning for your vacation—and for many, that means getting that winter body in summer shape. More often than not, our desire to lose weight and tone up before an upcoming vacation becomes a last-minute sprint. But if you start now, you'll increase your odds of success. Here are a few simple tips for converting to a healthier lifestyle.
If you like to exercise first thing in the morning, but don't want to use up your precious time on all the other stuff that follows - showering, hair, changing clothes, make up etc. then here's how I transition swiftly from a (low impact) workout to going about my daily errands without much ado. This is really all about bringing yoga pants into the current year!
If you're looking to ramp up your metabolism, torch a bunch of calories, improve your strength, endurance, and define your muscles, then the Tabata fitness routine may just be the answer to your prayers. Tabata costs nothing, and doesn't require you to consume any expensive, unknown supplements or concoctions. It's quick, best done in the privacy of your own home, and in my experience it really works.
This is all you need - a bedroom floor or any free floor space and a bottle of water. If you have carpet, then you don't even need the mat. If you're not used to exercising regularly, you don't need any weights, your own body weight resistance is enough. I like to do my Tabata in the bedroom because I can check in the mirrors that I'm keeping good form during the exercises.
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The following photos were taken at Scottsdale Ranch Park and Tennis Center - a City of Scottsdale Facility
My Tennis Story
Sunrise Trail is one of my favorite hikes close to where I live in Scottsdale. The trail itself is quite steep and rugged, but beautiful from start to finish and the scenery is stunning - majestic saguaro cactus, giant boulders, desert foliage, and amazing look out points to enjoy the view over the Phoenix valley. This particular shoot was done in the late afternoon, so we were fortunate enough to catch the start of sunset.
Lululemon Leggings // Lululemon Sport Bra // Lululemon Tank similar // Ironman Timex Watch // Ray Ban Aviator Sunnies // New Balance Trail Running Shoes
The blood gets flowing from the get go on this hike so it really is a work out. About a one and a half to two hours round trip if you go all the way up to the top, Sunrise Peak. My exercise app says I burn more than 700 calories doing this hike, so along with the enjoyment of the activity it's a no-brainer for me and an extra glass of well deserved wine!
Lululemon gear is my all round sports wear. The pieces I have cross over from the gym to the trail, from the tennis court to running as well as bicycling and just hanging out! I love that besides being sport practical they also make you feel and look good. I've tried a lot of different sport bras over the years, and this Energy Bra is my all time favorite. It's comfortable, I can get it on and off without being a contortionist and it works for me across all my activities. If you're better endowed than me, you may want to go for more support like this one. The leggings are another all purpose sport essential. I love the high waisted style that Lululemon have started doing because they totally stay right where you left them, never have to hitch them up because they feel they're falling down.
So go take a hike - burn up some calories, enjoy the outdoors, get the blood flowing, and enjoy that extra glass of wine - it's all good for you!
Stay healthy my friends
Karen Serino is a life and style blogger, sharing fashion, fitness and fun for youthful women in their forties, fifties and beyond.
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