Summer Ready in 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Depending where you live, the signs of summers approach may vary. In Canada however these signs come every year like clockwork: the gym parking lot is once again full, Facebook and Instagram are inundated with posts such as "#healthy #lifestyle", and runners can be seen emerging from their winter nests frolicking up and down the streets.

But just as we que the Summer Symphony by Jack Gould, (real song), women pause with the realization that they do not yet feel "ready for summer".

The good news? It's still 12 weeks to summer, which is the perfect amount of time to make a lifestyle change.

I encourage you to implement these easy steps into your fitness/lifestyle routine; not only will you feel like a rock star, but you'll look it too.

1. Have an Exciting Warm Up

Quite frankly your warm up should be similar to your workout - intense! It should be challenging enough so that your heart rate rises and your body begins to sweat. Ditching the lame warm up and opting for something more demanding gets you ready neurologically, warms your entire body up faster, and burns more calories.

Need some ideas? Try performing calisthenic or dynamic movements. These movements are "gymnastic exercises designed to develop physical health and vigor":

  • Skipping (yes, good old fashioned jump rope!)

  • High Knees

  • But Kicks

  • Jumping Jacks

  • Huggers

  • Seal Jacks

  • Walking Leg Raises (one leg at a time)

*This style of training usually doesn't require any equipment*

2. Lift Heavy

I understand the fear that will strike most of you at reading this headline; "Lift heavy? My goal isn't to be muscular and bulky!" You're currently debating if your should stop reading and delete this site from your web history.

Let me stop you and clear something up right now: getting

"big" is extremely hard for a woman to do simply because we're not built that way. Between our born genetics