Everyone wants a celeb-inspired bikini body when they hit the beach this summer so we asked Juliet Kaska, a Los Angeles-based fitness trainer and spokesperson for Orthaheel to share her best tips. Juliet, owner of JK Zen Fitness, has worked with Kerry Washington, Kate Walsh, Ali Larter and many more stars!
1) Think Outside of the Box
You want to center your diet around whole, fresh and organic food, so stay away from foods that come in a package. If you’re looking for a quick snack, reach for some celery or carrot sticks. Most packaged foods contain additives that will not help you get your summer ready look!
2) Walk it Out
Of course the best way to work your way towards a summer-ready body, is to get moving! I encourage all of my clients who are just starting out to begin a walking program to increase their activity before working their way up to more strenuous exercise. Always remember to wear a comfortable and supportive shoe while doing any type of physical activity. I love my Weil Rhythm Walkers that I wear almost daily while training my clients.
3) Cut the Caffeine
Try to eliminate or significantly reduce the amount of caffeine you drink. If you are gasping at the thought of this, one of my go-to drinks when I need a lift is Charged by Activate Drinks. It still contains caffeine, but less than your typical cup of coffee and is packed with vitamins and electrolytes.
4) Don’t Nibble at Night
Resist raiding your fridge late at night. Make sure you are eating enough calories throughout the day with well-balanced smaller meals to curb late night hunger. Try to finish up your last meal no later than 7:00 p.m.
5) Have a Ball!
By incorporating a rubber exercise ball into your workout routine, you engage more muscle fibers and improve your form, making every exercise more challenging and increasing the effectiveness of your workout. One of my favorite exercises is “The Hundred” — balancing a ball on your legs forces you to keep your lower body still and your pelvis in a neutral position, maximizing the workload on your abs. Lie face-up with knees over hips, shins parallel to the ground, and toes pointed. Place ball on your lower legs and extend your arms at your sides, palms on the ground. Raise your head and shoulders off the ground and lift arms just above hip height beside you. Pulse arms up and down 100 times, inhaling for 5 pumps and exhaling for 5.