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Success S alud BODY PERFECT When it comes to taking care of your physique, there’s plenty you can do to make sure your wellness is at its best, no matter what your goals. The secret lies in making a plan and sticking to it. T I P S BY E R I K A B O O M 1. Workout Time: Make the time to squeeze in a short workout most days of the week. Good time-management requires planning and you only need to find 30 minutes each day. 2. Eat Right: Plan meals ahead of time; if hunger strikes, you should always be prepared with a healthy option at your fingertips that’s easy to carry and convenient to eat. 3. Sleep Tight: Make sure to get plenty of sleep each night. When you’re sleep-deprived or overly tired, you are much less likely to stick to a regular exercise program. 4. 7. 5. 8. Drink Up: Carry a bottle of water with you wherever you go. If you’re well-hydrated, you have more energy, your metabolism works better and you’re less likely to confuse thirst for hunger. Wardrobe Whoa: Splurge on some cute leggings, a stylish shirt, jeans or a new pair of shoes — it will do wonders in keeping motivation on track and performance at its best. 6. Stay Strong: Try to incorporate strength-training into your exercise routine; the more muscle mass you build and/or preserve, the less body fat you tend to accumulate and the more calories you’ll burn at rest. Body Focus: Be mindful of your posture and movements every single day. Focus on keeping a neutral spine, abdominals tightened and gluteus engaged as often as possible. Enjoy Life: Be selfish and make time every single day to do the things that make you feel good about yourself. When you’re happy, everybody around you is happy. And that’s a very good thing. 9. Indulge A Little: It’s extremely important to curve your cravings properly. The absolute best time for a cheat meal or indulgence is right before or after a great workout. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Erika Boom has been part of the fitness industry for over a decade. She is an American Council On Exercise (ACE)-Certified Personal Trainer and a Certified Pre- & Post-Natal Physical Conditioning Instructor. In 2003, she opened Belly-N-Kicks, the first and only studio in Miami that is solely dedicated to Prenatal & Post-Natal Fitness; Belly-N-Kicks.com. › 48