How To Get Bikini-Ready In One Week

Are you one of those people who happened to forget about that hit-the-gym-on-a-daily-basis new-years resolution in February? Freaking out over the fact that summer is here and, let’s face it, your summer bod.. is not? Don’t worry.. we got you covered! Get your body in shape and ready with these super-quick, last minute tips & tricks! 

1. Avoid carbs and sodium
Especially try to avoid white carbs at all costs and minimize sodium intake. When it comes to bloating, consider salt your number one enemy.  It’s a sneaky offender at that, so your best bet is to avoid all processed foods, where it might show up as an ingredient under names and in quantities you aren’t aware of.

2. And.. alcohol
We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but there really aren’t any loopholes here. Alcohol = bloat.

3. Water, water, water
Given that it’s the cheapest and easiest way to prep for a beach day, you really don’t have any excuses. Staying hydrated will keep your skin looking dewy, your metabolism humming smoothly, and actually combat water retention, since drinking stimulates your body to release fluids.

4. Work out  
Do 30 mins cardio and 3×12 sets of squats and sit-ups each day. Mix up your cardio with spinning, cardio kickboxing, and boot-camp workouts. Half an hour of each torches 200 to 300 calories while toning up your arms, legs, and core so everything appears sleeker and tighter.

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5. Invest in some cute workout clothes
New workout gear can work as a great motivator to make you hit the gym. Most people want to schedule a workout sesh immediately just to try them out. And for those who don’t want to spend a fortune on new gear – check out this offer from Fabletics and get a full outfit for only $25.

6. Get a spraytan
Either make a quick trip to the salon for a spray tan or try an at-home tanner for flawless, smooth-looking skin. Bonus: You won’t have to risk a sunburn come beach time, because you already have a healthy faux-glow.

7. Make sure your bikini-line is bikini-ready too
Namely, keep any ingrown hairs at bay. And please, for the love of god, do NOT get a wax just hours before you hit the sand, lest you’d like to look red and puffy before you’ve even had the chance to bask in the sun.

8. Per up your posture
Stand tall, and get your head on the ceiling. Keeping your chin up and shoulders pulled back enhances your height, which helps create the illusion of being leaner. Standing tall comes with an added bonus, too: Good posture burns more calories, and it gives you more confidence.

9. Pop a probiotic 
Sometimes bloating can be caused by an imbalance of the bacteria in your intestines, especially if you have been taking antibiotics to treat, say, a urinary tract infection or sinus infection. Taking a probiotic supplement will help iron out any excess gas or bloating.

10. Get some beauty sleep 
You should know at this point that “beauty sleep” is no myth—substantial shut-eye (that’s 7-8 hours) ensures that everything in your body is running smoothly. Having trouble sleeping? Try a natural melatonin supplement, such as getting sleepy, to help you sleep through the night and get your body back on track.

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