Ready for the Pool? (3/3)
Part 3 of 3: The Maintenance
In the last part of this 3-part series about getting your body ready for the pool, I’m going to focus on the most important part of any exercise plan – keeping the weight off for good. After you’ve worked hard to lose those last few pounds, you don’t want to revert back to old, unhealthy habits. To keep that new body looking good throughout the summer (and for years to come), all it takes is a little hard work, determination, the right tools, and consistency.
Consistency – You must continue to work out. Taking a week off won’t kill you. But taking more than that might. So do what it takes to keep the habit of staying fit, exercising, and eating properly.
Become Accustomed to a Lower Calorie Intake – After losing weight, your “lighter” body requires fewer calories to maintain that weight compared to what it use to take when you were heavier. But don’t worry – after a few weeks you’ll feel comfortable eating less (as long as you don’t cut your calories too low). To avoid backsliding, make sure to not eat large portions. Keep portion sizes appropriate for what your body needs.
Switch Up Your Exercise Regimen – It’s easy to get bored with the same old workout routine. So be sure to incorporate new and challenging exercises to prevent boredom. Join a new class at the gym, try a new outdoor exercise such as hiking or biking, or purchase a new set of DVD’s if you work out at home. It will help keep you motivated and you might even get to train muscles that you never knew you had.
Use Facebook – Yep, you heard me right. Staying fit requires having a strong social support system. Ask friends, coworkers, and even family members for encouragement and to hold you accountable and to PLEASE not tempt you with high-calorie foods. Make them all aware that you’re making your health a priority.