Just because you are a plus size bride, doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the summer or even your honeymoon in a nice two piece bathing suit. It’s all about confidence and knowing that you can look GREAT in a bikini regardless of your size.
Just in time to get you beach ready, check out these great tips and tricks to get ready for your beach debut. And check out Gabi Gregg, from Gabifresh rocking her two piece, being confident and fierce!
Bikini Beach Workout: 12 Ways to Get Fit by the Sea
Ladies, it’s almost that time of year when you can spend your days on one of the most breathtaking God-given gifts: the beach. The beach is the perfect spot to relax with your favorite book, spend time with girlfriends, and show off that great bikini body you’ve worked so hard for.
The beach is also a great place to get in shape! Why? God gave us sand which, with its uneven surfaces, challenges your body to work hard and stay balanced. The result is that you burn more calories – and keep your body looking and feeling great. You’re also less likely to get injured since your joints take less of a hit on this softer surface. God created the perfect workout venue when He created the beach, so take advantage!
To get you ready for the summer season, we’ve put together a list of our favorite 12 workouts for the beach. Just be sure to grab plenty of water and sunscreen before you hit the sand (bonus tip: an underwire bikini is a great choice for these calorie-torching moves!):
#1: Warm up jog
A warm up jog is a key component to a successful warm-up, no matter what your exercise plan is. Start with a light jog for 5 or 10 minutes to get warmed up.
#2: Water running
Wade into knee-deep water (or a little bit less). Stay at this depth and run parallel to the beach for about 50 yards – then, turn around and run back. Repeat three times.
#3: Get sandy!
This workout is great for toning several areas of your body. Start with as many push-ups as you can do in one minute. Next, spend a minute doing crunches and a minute doing leg lifts. Repeat five times.
Sure, these can be done at home but they’re even more fun on the beach! Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and put your hands on your hips. Lower your body toward the ground until your thighs are parallel to it. Be sure to keep your knees behind your toes!
#5: Hopping planks
Start with your hands by your sides. Then, crouch down and put your hands on the ground. Jump your feet back until you’re in a plank position, then hop back to your crouching position. Jump up. Repeat 25 times.
#6: Jumping jacks
This is a great exercise to alternate with the more challenging ones to give your body time to reenergize. Do 20 jumping jacks, then pause and jog in place for 10 seconds. Repeat 5 times.
#7: Crab Walk
Sit down on the sand with your feet and hands flat on the ground and your knees bent. Then, lift your bottom off the sand and walk backwards for 20 seconds. Pause, then “crab walk” forward for 20 seconds. Repeat five times.
And now for everyone’s favorite – planks! Get down on your hands and knees in the sand and lift your knees so you’re supporting your entire body with your hands and feet. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat as many times as you can.
#9: Hit the water!
This one is fun if you’re exercising with a friend. Make a deal that, throughout your workout, each of you can yell “hit the water!” three different times to make the other person run into the waves. When you hit the water, crouch into plank pose, then return to the shore.
Note: For the next workouts, find two markers that are about 50 feet apart. You could use lifeguard stands, put up lawn chairs, or lay out beach towels – whatever is easiest.
#10: Backward sprints
Start at Marker #1 and run to Marker #2. When you get to the next marker, turn around and run backward toward the first. Alternate between forward and backward running a total of 10 times.
Start at Marker #1 with your feet together and your hands on your hips. Step one foot two feet forward (or a bit less if you’re shorter) and lower yourself until your thigh is parallel with the ground. Repeat with the other leg and continue alternating until you reach Marker #2.
#12: Plyo Lunges
Use the same method as #11, with a little twist. Jump up in the air to switch legs and repeat until you reach Marker #2.
And there you have it – our favorite exercises performed on one of our favorites of God’s creations: the beach! Keep this list with you the next time you hit the shores to keep your beach body lookin’ fabulous.
About the Author:
Cindy Prosser is no stranger to the search for the perfect high waisted bikini, and now that she is balancing part-time freelance work with one of life’s greatest blessings – the role of a full-time mommy – she is no stranger to needing to find that perfect suit at a great price in a hurry. Want to make life easier? Pin Bare Necessities on Pinterest and snag the Bare Necessities coupon today!