Essential exercises for swimsuit season

Use these exercises to tone every area of your body and look amazing in your swimwear.

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Essential exercises for swimsuit season
Look great this swimsuit season!

Swimsuit season is almost here. Are you ready to show off a gorgeous physique? Use these exercises to tone every area of your body and look amazing in your swimwear .

Arms

Arms. Shutterstock

Strengthening your arms is easy if you have a pair of free weights at home. The following exercises are great for toning your biceps and triceps . Stand straight with your arms at your sides and a weight in each hand, palms facing outward. Lift the weights up to three inches from your shoulders and then slowly return to the starting position.

To tighten the back of your arms lift one arm straight overhead, weight in hand, palm facing your body. Bend your arm at the elbow to form a 90 degree angle. Slowly raise your arm back up again. Set aside about 10 minutes in the morning to do these exercises, and your arms will look great in your bathing suit, as well as all in your pretty sleeveless tops and dresses.

Legs. Shutterstock

For sexy legs this swimsuit season, a regular cardio workout is key. Running, cycling, and swimming will help to burn calories and tone muscles. To give your legs a great shape, spend a few minutes a day doing simple lunges. These exercises are basic and incredibly effective! They work your calves, hamstrings, glutes, and quads.

To do a lunge, stand with your legs shoulder width apart and your hands on your hips. Step your right leg forward two shoulder lengths and dip into the lunge. Your front leg should be at a 90 degree angle while the back knee should dip to just above the ground. Step back into the starting position and lunge with the alternate leg. Do 4 sets of 10 for a great leg toning workout.

Abs

Abs.

To tone abdominal muscles crunches work, but the plank exercise rules. This yoga position works on your entire core as well as your arms and shoulders. Start out on your hands and knees and then move into a push-up position by straightening your legs. Hold this position for as long as you can while breathing deeply.

As your abs get stronger (and your stomach becomes flatter) you will be able to hold the plank for 60 seconds or more. Another essential ab exercise is the boat pose. For this position start out by sitting on the ground, your legs straight in front of you. Place your hands firmly on the ground and start to lean back slightly. Lift your legs to form a V-shape with your upper body. Hold your arms straight in front of you to balance. Hold for 30 seconds.

Back

Back. Shutterstock

Strengthening your back will get you in shape for swimsuit season and help to prevent back injuries. To tighten your lower back, lie on your stomach and gently arch back your upper body. Hold your hands behind your back and lift your feet a couple of inches off the ground. Hold this for about 30 seconds and then release.

For gorgeous shoulders and a toned upper back, grab your free weights again. Stand up straight, holding your arms out to your side and then bend your arms at the elbow, facing your palms forward. Raise your arms straight in the air and then slowly lower. Add a few sets of this exercise to your workout and you will have toned your entire body for swimsuit season. Throw on your favorite pair of sandals and over-sized sunglasses, and enjoy the season .