stay fit for the summer

morita

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I try doing arobic exercises and eating healthy (mostly vegetables) but the more I exercise the more I find myself hungry. I split my 3 meals a day to 5/6 small meals to not overeat(anyone in the same boat?) How do yall manage to stay fit during the summer? What type of exercises do you recommend?
 





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I do intermittent fasting which works great for me, I find I have a lot more energy and am not as hungry as I used to be despite being more active. But because my eating window has to be shortened every couple of weeks I tend to only eat 2 (with additional snacking in between) meals a day so I have to make sure I'm getting everything I need from them. I try finding substitutions for cravings (i.e. homemade dark chocolate-covered date balls are great if you have a sweet tooth every once in a while) I don't really count calories but try to eat healthy and have a rough estimate of my daily macros. I usually do an exercise split of cardio (the elliptical mostly) and resistance training to tone up. The only exercise tip I could probably give is not to be afraid of weights. I used to be afraid they would make me bulky or too muscular but they really don't, they're great for sculpting/maintaining overall body tone. Hope this helped somewhat.
 





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I go to the gym almost everyday on my lunch hour (mostly weights and a little cardio now and then). Then I run a few miles 2 or 3 times a week in the evening.

I don't really avoid eating anything (except pork and shellfish) but eat everything in moderation. I don't count calories or carbs or sugar. My motto is "I run so I can eat." LOL!
 





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I do Bright Line Eating (no flour and no sugar) and have lost 62 lbs from it (in 7 months) so far. The less processed and more natural foods you can eat, the better.

Walking is one of the best exercises you can do, in my opinion, because you can do it anywhere and anytime. If it's too hot, walk the mall. If you can get up early and beat the heat, there's usually a nice park or a waterfront place to walk at.

I agree with @Robin about not being afraid of weights, but use weight machines and free weights versus a Body Pump class. I wrenched my shoulder blade in Body Pump class and had intense shoulder spasms for 6 weeks after that. If you've done something like Body Pump for years, you're probably good to go. I had not; took about a decade of a break from it. Some instructors don't teach proper form, etc., and they don't go around spotting people. Taking advantage of some free or reduced personal training, if available, might be a good option.

Hope this helps!
 





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Also saw this on recommended articles just now:

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I need to do strength training at least twice a week. I'm only at once a week right now and it's not enough. It's also only the arms machines in the women's only area. I don't care for my upper arms, but have shown them anyway, at least while exercising aerobically. Maybe with enough time and effort, my arms will look like Michelle Obama's. Just kidding, but eyes on the prize.
 





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We're going to cut refined sugar from our diets this summer, it seems to be the single best thing we can do for our health. Sure is challenging though.
 





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The only exercise tip I could probably give is not to be afraid of weights. I used to be afraid they would make me bulky or too muscular but they really don't, they're great for sculpting/maintaining overall body tone. Hope this helped somewhat.
I used to think that too. But it really helps adding more definition to the body. And gaining muscles makes you loose fat more effectively.
 





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Walking is one of the best exercises you can do, in my opinion, because you can do it anywhere and anytime.
I did walking when I started beig active and it has a lot of benefits (physically and mentally) and doesn't require much effort. It works if you do it everyday (which can become redundant) and be mindful abt what you eat.
 





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Walking is one of the best exercises you can do, in my opinion, because you can do it anywhere and anytime.
Years ago, when beer and pizza constituted most of my caloric intake, there was a transit strike and I started walking to and from work. It was an hour each way, and within two months I'd lost 30 pounds.
 





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Working out year round, sticking with healthy nutritious foods. If you get hungry because of working out more then eat more protein. When I do strengthening exercises I eat more protein on those days. On the days that I don't to those types of exercise I eat light and eat less protein.