What’s that I hear you say? Spring’s only just here, so why are we already preparing for summer? Let’s think about this carefully, friends: there are only a couple of months left until summer, and chances are it will roll around much faster than you think it will. It’s also good to give yourself some preparation time – if you want to lose a couple of pounds to feel good on the beach, it’s never good to start a crash diet a week before your vacation. Here are some tips on how to get fresh through the spring in order to prepare for summer…
A lot of us have spent most of the winter safely ensconced on our sofas in front of Netflix, hot chocolate (and whipped cream) at the ready, wearing our absolute coziest and baggiest clothes. But when summer comes, all that begins to change – we unfurl ourselves from our homes and emerge, blinking, into the daylight outside, which means that we also start to feel the urge to get fitter and finally shed those last few pounds that we gained over Christmas.
The first way to do that is by changing your diet. No one likes to hear it, but it isn’t easy to change your weight unless you also change what you put into your body on a daily basis. If you don’t usually eat breakfast, now is the time to start – it’ll stop you snacking on junk food through the morning at work, and it’ll also give you more energy to get through the day. Go for something easy like sliced banana and peanut butter on whole wheat toast, or maybe smashed avocado with a hint of lime and chili along with poached eggs. If you really aren’t a breakfast person then you could try taking a healthy snack with you to work, like apple slices and peanut butter, or natural yogurt and some berries. Remember that it isn’t always necessary for you to change your whole eating life – there are also some medications that can help you. You can order Orlistat weight loss tablets online – just make sure that if you do decide to go for medication, you check all the possible side effects.
Secondly, no diet will work as well as you want it to unless you’ve also changed your lifestyle. It’s important to make sure that you’re as active as possible. No one’s saying that you have to join a gym and go there for hours after work every day, but it is important to make sure you walk as often as you can instead of getting in your car. You can always add little bits of exercise to your life – get off the bus home a stop early to walk,and make sure that you take the stairs instead of the elevator wherever you can. If you don’t spend much time outside – maybe you work in an office, for example – then it’s important to get outside at lunch and take a walk around the block for some fresh air. You’ll find that your back will start aching less and you’ll get far fewer headaches. If you aren’t a fan of walking then why don’t you start a fitness class with one of your friends? If you love to dance the night away, you could try out Zumba, which combines aerobic exercises with Latin dance music, but if you’re looking for a little inner peace and spirituality then you could always try out yoga, which has the added benefit of helping you become more flexible, strengthening your core muscles and improving your balance.
Your Skin And Hair
We all spend more time socializing when the weather outside is good, which means that we absolutely want to look our best at all times. During the winter it’s easy to simply cram your hair under a big wooly hat so that your head stays warm but this time of year you need to start coming out of hiding. Get your hair restyled into a cut with texture and layers that you can style easily yourself in the morning, like a ‘lob’ (otherwise known as a long bob). Make sure that you use a heat protectant spray if you use a hairdryer or straighteners on your hair on a regular basis, and go for a deep conditioner that you leave on your hair for fifteen minutes once a week.
Let’s face it, it’s definitely easier to take care of your skin when it isn’t winter. Over the winter it can become sore, flaky and dry because of the cold temperatures and the wind. During the summer you need to make sure that you use a good sunscreen every day, even if it looks cloudy – there’s nothing that ages your skin more than sun damage. Remember to put the sunscreen on your décolletage and the backs of your hands as well as your face. Make sure that you stay hydrated and that you moisturize before you put on your makeup and before you go to bed every night. Sometimes in summer, it can be hard to keep your makeup on your face thanks to the additional sweat that the summer sun can produce, plus a thicker layer of sunscreen than you use in winter, so make sure that you use plenty of primer before you put your makeup on. A good setting spray will also help to lock your makeup in place all day. Go for a lighter, more glowing look than you do during the winter with plenty of highlighter and shimmer.
For instance, if you want to go on an incredible summer vacation then now is the time to start organizing your travel bags. It’s important that you budget carefully if you’re planning to go on a big trip – there’s nothing remotely fun about arriving in another country and running out of money two days later! It’s important to stay prepared and to do your best to have that cushion of spare cash for anything that might go wrong. Make a list of what exactly you require from your vacation, whether that’s spending days lazing by the pool with a great book or going somewhere where you can do plenty of water sports like surfing and swimming. Of course, you may have to compromise with what the rest of your family wants, but remember that you don’t have to spend every single second of your vacation together – if you all love food, you could plan to reconvene at the end of every day on vacation for a great local dinner.
Of course, if you’re planning to go on holiday then you’ll probably want a great holiday wardrobe to take with you. No one wants to blow their vacation budget on clothes to take with them, but there are a few key items that you should focus on. Firstly, swimwear is important – you want it to look good (so you need it to be supportive) but you also want to make sure that you feel secure in it. When you try on your swimwear, jump up and down a couple of times to make sure everything stays in place and you won’t be embarrassed by any sudden waves adjusting your bikini top for you on the beach! Speaking of support, if there’s one item of clothing that you should invest in, it’s your underwear. A bra that fits you perfectly will help all of your other clothes skim your figure even better – go to the lingerie department of your local department store and ask to be measured.