5 Requirements to Get Beach Body Ready (Spoiler alert: No Sit-Up Routine Here)

Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Ken Teegarden

Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, kenteegardin

Beach body season is coming. Soon. *cue the theme song*

These days, an extreme approach is all-too-common. Our tech-centered culture and lifestyles lend itself to a mindset of instant gratification – think “Lose 30 lb. in 30 days” promises.

What’s even more eyebrow-raising are when popular health and fitness publications hand out deadlines for goals that are seemingly arbitrary in nature: “Toned abs by summer,” “Beach-ready thighs in 30 days.” Or 60 days. Or just “June.”

This is somewhat frustrating for us at WellnessFX because we know health to be something personal – health and fitness is not a one-size-fits-all approach. What one person can do in 30 days, might take you 45 days. Or longer. Or shorter. It depends – but we’ll get to that in a moment.

Don’t get us wrong – we’re all for setting goals, being your best self, and wanting to rock a swimsuit like it owed you a favor.

What we seek to emphasize is the need for personalization, transparency, and education around health and what it takes to obtain optimal health and performance.

Before you dive into yet another “10-weeks to a toner tush” article, let’s go beyond the myths and well-intentioned wisdom of crowds:

The reality is that the more educated and strategic you are about your goals, and the best route to achieve your goals, the more likely you are to reach success. 

5 Requirements to Get Beach Body Ready

1. Make specific and attainable goals

Which is more empowering and actionable: “lose weight,” or “Lose 6 lb.”? “Fit into these old jeans,” or “Lose 2.25 inches around my waistline”? Having a clear understanding of where your path is headed can make the process less daunting and, instead, more manageable and easy to conceptualize.

2. Commit to consistency

Sustained change over time is part of the backbone of habit creation. Set up small, attainable goals that you can reach, which move you toward the overall goal in increments. Once you reach the goal, create another. The act of consistently participating in your healthy habits will keep you on the path to a healthier lifestyle, and can help minimize the unhealthy habits that slow down the process.

3. Track your progress

If you have the data, you’re in control. Not only will regularly seeing yourself achieving your goals be fulfilling (and make your future goals seem more possible), having the data in your back pocket means you can course correct as needed, efficiently.

4. Track the right things (for you!)

What you track will be dependent on the goals you set and what your body needs. From identifying factors impacting performance plateaus and recovery times, to managing your hormones naturally and safely (without steroids!), or even analyzing your body’s efficiency in carrying out key metabolic processes – measure to manage.

5. Educate yourself on what’s possible for you

Every person is different. From body to blood, health is a personal thing. For example, while veggies, lean proteins, fruits, and healthy fats are good for your body, if you don’t test to see what minerals and vitamins your body specifically requires, you may be missing a crucial biomarker change needed.

Go Beyond the Beach Body Basics: Optimize Your Performance

Good news for those looking to take their health and performance to the next level in advance of the impending summer weather: We’ve dropped the price on our Performance package. Under our new starting price of $474, you’ll receive an in-depth, easy-to-read analysis of your hormone levels, inflammation and advanced nutrients, without the hassle of reading confusing medical terms.

WellnessFX’s Performance package builds on our Baseline assessment by adding 30 biomarkers for performance hormones, advanced nutrients, and metabolism. A 40-minute consultation with a certified physician can even formulate a highly customized plan for your improvement.

 

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