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5 Tips For A Healthy Body This Summer

By Dr. Carrie Jones Expert HERWriter
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In most parts of the nation, spring is slowly turning into summer and soon schools will be out, leading many to take a much-deserved vacation.

If you have been hibernating all winter long under heavy, bulky clothes eating comfort food, now is the time to take action and start getting your health back on track.

Enlist a friend or family member and start making these changes now!

1. Drink more water!
I must say this 100 times a day but you are already dehydrated once you feel thirsty and as new research states, dehydration can cause "headaches, fatigue and difficulty concentrating."

As the human body is made up of a lot of water, you need to drink it regularly to keep your systems moving and flush out toxins. Program your phone to remind you to drink water to help keep you more accountable.

2. Eat a healthy breakfast!
Start the day with good nutrition and eat within an hour of getting out of bed. Don’t grab a bagel on the go or reach for an over-sugared container of yogurt. Skip out on the chocolate chip marshmallow ‘protein bars’ (really?) and pick something healthy.

Have an apple with natural peanut butter, mix almonds into your sugar-free oatmeal, try 2 hard-boiled eggs and a piece of whole-grain toast, opt for plain yogurt (yes, plain) and mix in some nuts/seeds and berries with a splash of cinnamon and vanilla.

3. Switch up your exercise routine!
If you are happy with your results, then by all means keep it up! However if you feel stagnant or at a plateau, then choose something different and surprise your muscles. Switch from running to kickboxing, add in Pilates, pick up hula-hooping, throw in some new DVDs or search YouTube for ideas.

If you are new to exercise then start small but do something (anything) most days of the week. Remember to drink water afterwards to rehydrate. Exercise not only relieves tension for many but can improve energy over time as it builds new mitochondria in your muscles which are your powerhouse energy makers.

4. Find your happy place!

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However if you feel stagnant or at a plateau, then choose something different and surprise your muscles. Customized Fat Loss Review

June 26, 2013 - 2:57am
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If you are happy with your results, then by all means keep it up! However if you feel stagnant or at a plateau, then choose something different and surprise your muscles. Switch from running to kickboxing, add in Pilates, pick up hula-hooping, throw in some new DVDs or search YouTube for ideas.

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June 6, 2012 - 1:17am
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Like most women, I’ve spent a lifetime worrying about my weight. Even when I wasn’t worrying about it, that number was still on my mind. Oversized and in lights, like a movie theater’s marquee. Crash diets to slough off the extra baggage included the grapefruit diet (yup, it was all grapefruit, all the time), diet pills (from speed to OTC drugs, I’ve tried them all), gulping diuretics by the handful and my favorite diet, fasting. Drinking organic juices for a day and then not eating at all for several days.

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June 6, 2012 - 1:15am
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Focus on your strengths and positive qualities. To gain confidence in your appearance, notice what you love about your body! Building a healthy body images means focusing your strengths, not your weaknesses. For more info, read 10 Tips for Increasing Your Body Confidence.

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June 6, 2012 - 1:12am
Marielaina Perrone DDS Blogger

Excellent tips. Always feels better in the summer when we are in shape. As we can wear clothing that shows off how much work we have put in during the winter months.

Marielaina Perrone DDS
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October 17, 2012 - 11:42am
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