Fitness Toning and Your School Reunion


Your school reunion is approaching fast. Does looking in the mirror brings on fresh waves of despair when you realize you’ll be facing your ex in significantly larger clothes? Losing weight and fitness toning in preparation for a big event – such as a reunion, vacation, or wedding – is one way to turn a single night into a healthy lifestyle routine.

Here are some times on making the most of your reunion weight loss efforts.

1. Get Goal Oriented.

If your reunion is 2 weeks away and losing 50 pounds is your goal, it might be time to reassess. What small changes will make you feel confident? With a few weeks of hard work and consistency, you can drop 10 pounds or more. With a few months of applied dedication, you can lose 25 or more pounds and look better than you have in years. How much can you safely expect to lose before you face your long-lost love? Aim for losing 1 to 2 pounds per week. Over a 2-month period, that would be 8 to 16 pounds. Even losing 1 to 2 pounds per month is progress and can help you feel more confident and sexy when you approach your schoolmates.

2. Food = Focus.

Changing what crosses your lips is one way to get reunion ready and drop pounds. Weight loss gurus often say that becoming thin is 90% nutrition – what you put in your mouth determines how successful you’ll be (and look!). But many of us find that choosing the right nutrition program for weight loss is difficult. Often, using a proven nutrition and fitness toning program – even one that incorporates fasting or eating lots of fruits and vegetables – can get results.

3. The Weight Loss Trifecta: Strength Training, Cardio, and Flexibility Training.

Get reunion-ready buff by using a well-rounded exercise program that incorporates three elements: cardiovascular, or aerobic exercise; strength training; and flexibility work. How often should you exercise for weight loss? Try to do cardio three to four times per week, weight training twice per week (with at least one day of rest in between), and aim for two sessions of flexibility training (as little as 10 minutes a session) per week.

As you make your way toward a healthy weight, remember: your body is just one aspect of you. You’ve accomplished a lot since graduation, and don’t be afraid to strut your stuff among your old friends!

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