Summer is just around the corner! Despite the food you packed in over the holidays, it’s not too late to slip into that bathing suit in time for the beach! Here are a few tips to help you get your act together so that you can look and feel great!

1. SQUATS

The first exercise to help get you back in shape is squats. Squats are a great way to strengthen your glutes, firm your thighs and even tone your abdominal region. They’re also an ideal way to get rid of cellulite.

In order to do a proper squat, you’ll need to bend your legs until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Your weight should rest on your heels but be careful not to extend your knees beyond your toes. After a good parallel squat, lift yourself back into a standing position and repeat this motion for 10 to 15 reps. Extending your arms forward is a great way to control your balance while doing squats.

2. LUNGES

Lunges are complementary to squats and they can also help you tone your lower body including your abdominal belt. Like squats, balance is a key part of lunges.

A proper lunge involves stepping forward with one foot and bending that same knee until your other knee touches the ground. From here, push back up, stand with your feet side by side and repeat the motion with the other foot. Repeat this process for 10 to 15 reps per leg.

3. JUMP ROPE

Jump ropes are an excellent cardio exercise. They are perfect for getting back in shape just before summer and they’ll also help burn calories.

4. PLANK

Planks should be considered a miracle exercise! Or almost. Although it can be challenging, planking is an ideal way to achieve a flat stomach.

5. JUMPING JACK

Jumping Jacks are a very simple cardio exercise. If done properly, they allow you to work your legs, arms, and core.

To begin, stand with your feet side by side and your arms lowered at your sides. Then jump up and spread your legs while simultaneously raising your arms. When you land, your body should form a giant X. Jump again and return your arms and legs to their starting position and repeat this motion 15 to 20 times.

Remember that two of the most important things are motivation and consistency. Stay focused! ūüėČ