For a lot of people, our quarantine weight gains have caught up to us, and now we're all trying to get our summer bodies snatched and ready for some fun in the sun, especially as more people get vaccinated. Even trainers have said this is the busiest time of year for them, as everyone is rushing to get their weight under control again. Because, in reality, many of us may have lost the motivation to stay fit during the pandemic.

If you're still a little shaky on where to start your fitness journey, here are a few tips you can try to get your summer body back in shape.

Prioritize what really matters.

Committing to a healthier lifestyle is a big step and takes a lot of discipline to see results. To meet your weight loss goals, you have to be dedicated to actually losing the weight. Changing your mindset and focusing on your fitness journey will really motivate you to stick to your new plan.

Set realistic goals.

Having a plan of action is one thing, but setting realistic expectations for yourself is the best way to stay on track to getting back in shape. Weight loss doesn't always happen overnight, and overworking yourself by staying in the gym all day every day is only going to make things more challenging. Instead, starting off slow and creating small milestones for yourself will help you set a good enough pace that works best for you and your body.

Good nutrition is the key to losing body fat.

Going to the gym and working out is only half the battle when it comes to shedding pounds. A proper diet and good nutrition are going to make a huge difference. Eating whole foods, veggies, lean proteins, healthy fats, complex carbs, and limiting your junk food and sugar intake is a great way to round out a new diet for yourself. Remember, doing physical activities won't mean anything for weight loss unless you're putting good things into your body.

Track your food intake for accountability and support.

Another part of improving your nutrition is also focusing on how many calories you're consuming daily. It's good to focus on your total daily calories first so you can create a caloric deficit to track and measure your food. Being accountable for what you're eating goes a long way in this fitness journey.

Slowly ease into physical activities. 

Everybody isn't a gym rat, and everybody can't hop up and do a 5-mile run for the first time, and that's okay. Slowly getting into a routine takes time, especially for those who are working out again after a long hiatus. It doesn't hurt to start with short exercises and reps to get back into the groove. From there, you can start increasing your time and reps as you get more comfortable with your daily or weekly workouts.

Don't be afraid of the gym.

Don't allow negative thoughts to deter you from using your local gym to your advantage. Of course, home workouts work well too, but having access to weights, bike machines, treadmills, and more will help you switch up your workouts every day and give you more space to do what can't be done at home. So next time you go to the gym, be sure to pick up a few weights. Your future abs will thank you.

Get your steps in.

Tracking steps has become a huge trend today, but that's because simply walking and being on your feet has so many health benefits. For example, walking helps regulate your blood sugar, helps with cardiovascular health, improving digestion, flexibility, balance, strengthens your bones, and overall puts you in a better mood. In addition, keeping track of your progress helps you reflect long-term on your fitness journey, and it's a total confidence booster when you're able to see how far you've come.

Make the most of your time during workouts.

If you want actual results out of working out, you have to put in 100 percent every time. So each day, you set aside time to work out, make sure you're optimizing your time and pushing through each exercise. Doing movements in intervals also helps you push through and gives you time to recover before moving on to the next thing.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Drinking water is of the utmost importance when you're working out. Losing body weight in fluids can impact your ability to recover after a workout, reduce your exercise performance and make your workouts even more challenging to get through. Drinking enough water ensures you're replacing any fluids you may lose working out. Remember, eight-ounce glasses are the recommended rule of thumb.

Rest and recover.

Staying active and getting regular exercise is essential to maintaining your healthy lifestyle, but so are rest days. Taking frequent breaks allows your body a chance to heal and recover to keep up with your routine. In addition, rest helps you avoid burnout and overtraining, so be good to your body and make sure you're giving it enough rest to withstand all the many exercises you'll be putting it through.

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