Is 6 weeks long enough to get fit for summer?

Is 6 weeks long enough to get fit for summer?

With summer already upon us you may be starting to worry about getting into your bathing suit, shorts or strapless dress.

No doubt you have let your fitness and diet lapse over those cold winter months and now have realised that you are not in the best of shape, with a little extra weight having crept on while your muscles are no longer as tight as they once were.

Well, if this sounds like you do not despair as it may not be too late if you are willing to put in a little time and effort.

With 6 weeks you can transform how you currently look, learn how below.

Week 1 & 2: Keep it simple

For the first couple of weeks you need to stick to exercises that will strengthen your major muscle groups.

This means that you should be performing exercises such as squats or lunges for example.

Of course you will see greater reward by using weights, although bodyweight versions will also see improvements to your muscle definition.

During these first 2 weeks you should also undertake cardio, but please make sure you put the effort in to raise your heart rate. Otherwise you are not going to see any benefit.

A good rule of thumb for cardio is that you should be able to talk but not sing.

Working outYou should aim to perform the resistance workouts 2-3 times a week, with 1-2 sessions of cardio.

Week 3 & 4: Increase the intensity

During the third and fourth week you should try to increase the intensity of your workouts.

Increase the weight you are lifting or the number of reps, while reducing the rest in-between sets.

Week 5 & 6: Push yourself

For the final two weeks you should again try to increase the intensity of both resistance and cardio workouts.

You could also try combining the two by setting up a circuit whereby you will move from exercise to exercise, whether it is resistance or cardio without any rest between sets.

Our final tip for achieving a summer beach body in 6 weeks

Our final tip is to make sure you have changed your diet for the better during this 6 week period.

You should certainly think about cutting all the junk food and takeaways from your diet. You really should be eating a diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as plenty of protein, as this will give you the energy you need for those intense workouts.

Good lean protein sources include chicken, turkey and fish.

Finally you should increase the amount of water you currently consume as it will help keep you hydrated, will fight off hunger cravings and will help flush out those toxins that have built up within your body that have prevented weight loss in the past.

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