Getting a "Bikini Body"

Bikinis are small, and they sure do expose quite a swath of skin, don't they? It's normal to feel a little self-conscious and want to improve your figure before donning the thing. Here are a few tips I have for you before you hit the gym and start carrying your juicer with you wherever you go. 

1. You will never ever feel comfortable in a bikini at any size if you can't accept that you have the body you have and all the inherent imperfections that come with being a human. You are you, you'll never be someone else. Give your body love and care because it's keeping you alive!

2. Your body and your health are a direct reflection of what you put into it. If you put junk in it, you'll feel like junk; you put your health, comfort and happiness at risk. Nourish your body first, then when you feel like indulging, your body will be better able to process it. Protein, veggies, fruits and healthy fats in their purest forms will transform your body and how you feel every day. You'll have more energy, glowing skin, lower body fat percentage, healthier hair and nails, and you'll feel amazing. 

3. Hydrate. So often when we feel gross, or even hungry, it's because we haven't been drinking enough water. Drinking enough water helps flush toxins from your body, prevents you from eating too much and retaining "water weight", gives you radiant skin, enables your body to function more efficiently, and gives you energy. A good rule of thumb to drink by is half your body weight in ounces - so, if you weigh 140 lbs, you should be drinking at least 70 ounces of water a day, more if you're active. Invest in a good water bottle and take it everywhere.

4. Fitness is crucial to getting the so-called "bikini body" and maintaining a healthy body, but it really comes after the above three on the priority list. You can't out-exercise a poor diet. You can't out-exercise dissatisfaction (though the endorphins are a major help). And you can't exercise at all if you're dehydrated. Your fitness focuses should be 1) finding a few things you enjoy doing; 2) doing them & mixing them up consistently; 3) building muscle & burning fat. Reminder: women, you will NOT get bulky if you lift heavy weights! We simply don't have enough testosterone, or time, to get bulky.

I'll be elaborating on happiness, diet and exercise, as well as sharing my favorite fitness and nutrition sites, in what I'll call the "bikini body series," so stay tuned!

Disclaimer: I am not a certified health or fitness expert. It is one of my passions I've spent countless hours doing, researching and troubleshooting. I like to help people feel healthier and happier.