Beach Body Workout: The Best Exercises to Tone Up
Let’s get one thing straight from the beginning, everyone has a beach body. I know we become so numb to this term and probably rarely stop to think about what this means – you have a body and you go to the beach. So instead of giving you exercises to simply have a beach body (which overall doesn’t make much sense to me), I want to share the top exercises and exercise components for bringing your best, most confident self to the beach, swimming pool or lake this summer.
1. Kick your butt into gear with compound exercises
Don’t get stuck on the adductor machine thinking you’re going to have slimmer thighs instantly. Choose exercises like lunges, jump squats or single leg deadlifts that recruit many muscles at once (including the adductors) in order to burn more calories and to train more functionally and efficiently (no wasting time!).
2. The intention and intensity of the exercise matters
More isn’t always better when it comes to exercise. You don’t need to spend hours at the gym. It’s much more beneficial when you focus on your workout and perform quality exercises. If you can text or have a conversation while you’re working out, you’re not training hard enough. Of course, it’s fine to be social during your workout and have a bit of a chat with your training partner, but be sure it’s not actually preventing you from getting the job done!
3. Get your plank on
Plank-based movements keep your abs and core working always. Even doing a push-up is giving your ab muscles some work! These dynamic plank variations find their way into my workouts every week because they are functional, require my muscles to work together (more muscles working = more calories burned!) and help me develop better coordination and control.
4. Have fun and don’t be afraid to improvise
Outdoor workouts provide an opportunity to play around and have fun while training. Head out for what I like to call an interactive run. Start your Runtastic app, head out for an easy-to-moderate run and then mix in some bodyweight exercises. You can stop at a park bench for push-ups, triceps dips or step ups and then keep running. You can also choose an object in front of you and do walking lunges or sprint until you reach that point. Do whatever you want, break a sweat and have some fun! This interval-style intensity will boost calorie burning for sure!
The Best Total-Body Fat-Burning Workout
Now it’s time to put it all together, right? If you take all of these tips into consideration, this workout from the Runtastic Results app is ideal. It’s actually a Standalone Workout that you would have access to as a paid Premium Member, but I decided to share it with everyone today!
I really hope you have an awesome summertime and feel like your best and most confident self! Do you have any tips on how to kick things up for summer? Tell us about them in the comments below.