By: Amanda Young
As the summer starts to heat up, the pool will be calling your name after work and on those precious weekends. Don’t let the idea of swimsuit season scare you away from the water.
Maybe you don’t have time to see any big results from a healthy change in diet and exercise, so here are five quick things to check off of your bikini-ready list that don’t require a gym membership:
1. Does it fit?
Chances are, your body isn’t exactly the same as it was last summer. Those bottoms might still look perfect, but the top is not fitting like you remember. Don’t assume that throwing on that suit for the first time right before you run out the door to meet the girls will be a good idea. Give yourself plenty of time to make sure you feel comfortable with how it’s fitting and if not, allow time to find that perfect new bikini for the year.
2. Am I feeling bloated?
You’re not always going to have time to get into a summer workout plan, but avoiding that extra bloating all women hate doesn’t have to be difficult. Try to stay away from foods that are high in sodium and carbs, as they cause you to retain water. The extra gases from carbonated drinks can also cause bloating. Eating things like cooked vegetables and melons and drinking water will help keep the bloating away.
3. How’s the bikini line?
Before heading out in that perfectly fitted swimsuit, you’ll want to make sure you’ve removed any unwanted hair. Sometimes finding your hair removal routine takes some searching, especially for sensitive areas. Allow yourself time to find a razor, wax, or salon that works best for you.
4. How’s your skin?
Adequately lathered in sunscreen should be your answer. Do not be that person coming into the office who’s as red as a ripe tomato. Or the person four days later with the peeling nose. Gross.
Avoid not only that embarrassment, but the damage the sun can do to your skin. Don’t tell yourself you won’t be the person to get skin cancer. Maybe you won’t be, but the sun also ages your skin. So grab the sunscreen and prevent leathery wrinkles, blistering sunburns, and melanoma. Don’t worry, you’ll still get a tan.
5. Is everyone staring at me?
No one but you is thinking about how toned your legs look or how defined your arms are. Stop comparing thigh gaps and enjoy the hot sun, cool water, and good company.
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