Happy summer! Today is officially the first day of summer, and you know what that means: beaches, BBQs and bathing suits. Like me, many women aren’t too thrilled at the thought of slipping on a swimsuit. I’m right there with you. In fact, I leave for the beautiful beaches of Greece this weekend and I’ve been trying my best to prepare. Today I’m going to share some tips that will help you feel confident when you hit the pool or this beach this summer. They sure have helped me!
First, stay hydrated. It’s important to drink a lot of fluid when you’re out in the sun. You don’t want to risk getting dehydrated. Also, drinking water is the best way to flush excess water out of your system. Pack a coconut water in your beach bag to help rebalance those electrolytes. This will help you look slim and toned.
Second, put down that drink. Alcohol dehydrates you. You especially want to avoid beer or sugary drinks like piña coladas. If you have to have a drink stick to vodka mixed with sugar-free juices. Beer and sugar filled cocktails will cause you to bloat and look puffy.
Third, hit the gym. Get in a good sweat session the morning of your trip to the lake. Everyone feels better after a workout. Your muscles will show more once you get your heart pumping and your circulation going. So even if you and the gym haven’t been that close lately, it still won’t hurt to pick up a pair of dumbbells and climb on the stair-master. Knowing you worked out will make you feel extra confident in your bikini.
Fourth, steer clear of salty foods. Foods that are high in sodium can cause you to retain water, leading to unnecessary bloat. Instead, fuel up on lean protein, lots of veggies, and some fruit. You’ll feel fuller longer, with fewer calories.
Fifth, get glowing. Get a spray tan before you put on that swimsuit. Everyone feels more confident with a little bit of color, but tanning beds and tanning outside have dangerous health risks. Stick with a spray or bottled tan for a healthier glow. But don’t forget sunscreen, a fake tan won’t protect your skin from the sun, so you still need to use some SPF. A faux glow will make your legs look long and lean and your waist clinched in.
Sixth, shop for the perfect swimsuit for your shape. Curvy? Try something solid with an underwire. Athletic? Go for something with ruffles and bold colors. You want to add some curves to your frame. Fitting a suit that best fits your frame will give you the boost of confidence you need.
Seventh, remember, you are beautiful just the way you are.