The concept of a “summer body” is something that’s been around for over half a century and largely began as a media and sales tactic during the rise of the bikini in coastal areas. But at the heart of the term is a certain comfort level one has with their own body — and not necessarily an idealized image presented to us through Hollywood or a CrossFit gym. This personal relationship we maintain with our autonomies allows us to feel confident when we put on a bathing suit and go out in public. However, no summer body is sculpted overnight.
Creating a fitness routine is one of the best ways to stay in shape, but it also helps in many other facets of your life: balance and schedule coordination, sleep habits, self-esteem, and even helping prevent long-term diseases.
Ultimately, you want to do a self-assessment to gauge how aerobic you are, practicing things like timing yourself while walking or running a mile, seeing how many push-ups you can do, testing your flexibility, and analyzing important health data like your pulse, heart rate, or body mass index.
Identifying Healthy and Realistic Summer Body Goals
Working to achieve your ideal summer body is a personal effort, and your journey is going to be unique for you. No two health situations are alike, and with variables like body type, diet, exercise habits, and other lifestyle choices, it’s important to remember that you need to always move at your own pace. Practicing a healthier lifestyle develops results over time, so setting realistic goals is important to ensure you’re not stressing your mental or physical health.
As you adopt a routine that suits your daily and weekly schedules, you’ll begin to see yourself form better habits. In time, coupling things like a cleaner diet and daily exercise, or increased cardio and more sleep will become your norm, and returning to your old way of life will be a thing of the past.
Medical guidelines suggest 150 minutes of normal exercise or 75 minutes of intense workouts are recommended to maintain healthy activity levels. But for larger weight loss plans, aiming for closer to 300 minutes would help you achieve these goals faster. Incorporating this time into your schedule may be a challenge at first, but developing a routine that you can adapt to is expected to take time. Even small opportunities to be active throughout your day are helpful, and there is no need to stress out over missed workouts due to being busy, or going on vacation. You’re encouraged to go at your own pace.
Creating a Workout Plan and Setting Goals
A consistent exercise or workout plan will not only provide you with physical results, but also unlocks a renewed sense of personal confidence. Committing to a regimen allows you to see what you can accomplish. Setting incremental, achievable benchmarks and goals will help you track progress and motivate you along the way.
Different goals require different exercises, but whether you’re in the gym, on the water, or focusing on cardio, it’s helpful to have checkpoints. For example, physicians recommend any sort of strength training to target each muscle group at least twice a week.
However, it’s to be expected that you will rotate your activities to fit your personal goals and schedule, and figuring out which types of workouts fit within your routine is all part of the fun. And make sure to give yourself time to rest and recover because the setback of an injury has negative repercussions.
Tracking Your Goal Progress
Whether it’s losing a few pounds each month, or biking a set number of miles each week, tracking your diet and exercises is one of the best ways to ensure you’re sticking to your health and wellness plan. You can be as critical or lenient on yourself as you’d like, but making sure you’re pushing yourself is an important factor in any weight loss journey.
Calorie burning works much faster with a little effort, so it’s also helpful to track what you eat, not only to compensate for your physical endeavors but to see where else you can cut down on unhealthy foods (such as fats, sugars, and especially processed items). Analyzing your diet and exercise practices will give you an idea of which results you can achieve and ultimately present a prospective timeline of when your summer body could be earned.
You can also use several tools to monitor these goals in today’s technology-filled world. From smart watches to apps where you can add and micro-analyze each calorie and gym rep, tracking these metrics on a heightened level has never been easier. Not only does this give one the ability to see how these behaviors affect them daily, but it can help you receive real-time data that will accurately measure the intensity of your specific workout that day. In turn, you can compare those figures and calculate the calories you lost versus your intake that day. Information like this will help you stay on top of your goals better, forming a habitual approach.
Boost Your Confidence With a Summer Body
And why do we strive to obtain a summer body that was once pigeonholed to a modelesque form, only fit for those who feel confident removing their clothes at the beach? It’s simple. Because all physical progress is tangible, no matter your figure, the mental benefits of a healthier lifestyle are life-changing. Seeing your own process come to fruition is evident through this symbolic act of removing clothes, but no greater personal confidence boost exists than hitting your targeted goals. This gives you the confirmation that you are capable of positive change, restores your energy levels, builds an improved mental attitude, and allows you to understand the type of progress you will achieve over time.
Like all health and fitness journeys, no single change is going to result in a summer body right away, or on its own. How long it truly takes is fully dependent on how vigorous and committed one is, as well as how large or small one’s final goals might be. You can only emit so much energy a week, and the mental and physical learning curves can be difficult to overcome in the beginning stages. However, there are supplemental actions one can take to expedite the weight loss process if they so please; enter a new state-of-the-art medical technology that is not only quick and painless, but also FDA approved.
Introducing Emerald Laser from Erchonia
Emerald Laser is a non-surgical laser lipolysis system developed by Erchonia, which has upended the fat reduction industry. Our green laser technology has delivered clinically proven results. Emerald Laser is painless, fast, and effective.
Emerald Laser focuses on hypertrophic adipocytes, which are fatty cells trapped in adipose tissue. Emerald’s ten 532-nm lasers pass through the skin and target the wall of the fat cell, boring a tiny hole in the surface. They simultaneously emulsify (melt) the lipids contained in the cell, allowing them to pass through the pores, where they are safely eliminated by the body’s lymphatic system.
While Emerald Laser targets the fat cells, it does not destroy them. This is an important difference between Emerald Laser and other laser lipo machines. Destroying the cells can lead to abnormal fat cell growth in other parts of the body, creating a potentially dangerous situation in which fat grows around the organs.
Emerald Laser Technology is the First of its Kind
Just like routine exercise and the weight loss journey, Emerald Laser treatment doesn’t generate visible results overnight. The patient should expect to undergo a minimum of eight treatments. This cold laser method is non-invasive, and the treatment can be used by anyone with a body mass index (BMI) ranging from 20 to 40. Our method can be applied to a variety of areas around the body, targeting any points of interest.
Unlike other fat removal alternatives, the Emerald Laser has no known or reported side effects, which has been consistent through multiple clinical tests, including three separate double-blind trials. In fact, the FDA even developed a new OLI-Fat Reduction Laser category, which elevated the Erchonia product to the Gold Standard for low-level laser technology.
Advantages of Emerald Laser
The advantages over other fat reduction systems are numerous:
- Emerald Laser is effective, with multiple double-blind studies demonstrating proven results.
- Emerald Laser sessions take less than 30 minutes, so you can schedule appointments before or after work, or even on your lunch break.
- There is no required downtime after each session.
- Laser lipolysis is non-invasive and does not require anesthesia or even local numbing.
- Most patients notice some results after a few weeks, with full results achieved in 12.
Built Different for Different Results
For over a decade, Erchonia’s Emerald Laser has set itself apart from other fat reduction alternatives like bariatric surgery or cool-sculpting. The main difference between Emerald and these other methods is that it’s truly quick, and non-invasive, and there are no known side effects. On the other hand, bariatric surgery takes hours of preparation and takes a mental toll on the patient, not to mention post-surgery side effects.
Other alternatives, like cool-sculpting, are more painful and can cause bruising and skin irritation. More serious conditions, such as pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), stifle the pressure in your vascular system and can result in reduced cardiac output.
On average, a patient can expect to see around 6″ of circumference reduced after treatment is completed. Emerald Laser was the first lipo laser system to receive FDA market approval for patients with a BMI over 30, so book your free consultation today. Slowly but surely, clinics throughout the United States are learning about this technology and embracing it, so check to find a provider near you!