The Body Retreat

The Body Retreat

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Be body confident in a swimsuit this summer!!

Swimsuit season is upon us, and this year we don’t even need to go abroad to have the opportunity to get a tan.  But it can be a nervous time for some us as we prepare to bare all in our summer swimsuit or bikini.

The first step to being swimsuit confident starts with finding the right suit for your body.  Be sure to pick a suit that flatters your figure, boosting all your best assets.  Feeling confident that everything is being supported and held in or up in all the right places gives you piece of mind so you can relax and enjoy the sunshine.

Swimsuit confidence starts from within.

Remember nobody is perfect, so focus on the parts of your body that you like not those you don’t.  Your energy follows your attention, so if you are thinking about how good your legs are, rather than how much you hate your tummy, that positive thought sparks off a happy endorphin in your brain, which makes you feel good.  When we feel good we act good and it becomes much easier to stick to our healthy diet and exercise plans and not be derailed. Even if you’re having an off day, hold your head up high and smile – seeing is believing, and the more self-assured you act, the better you will feel, and the more you will believe you really do have a summer bikini body.

Don’t compare, focus on the positive

If you ever catch yourself comparing yourself to any of your gazelle-like friends or model types on the beach, re-channel that energy into being thankful about your own body and situation in life.  Just close your eyes and remind yourself of three great things in your life and you will begin to feel a warm feeling of satisfaction and gratitude.  There’s no reason to let your mind go to a negative place.

Exercise helps boost body confidence

Before you hit the beach schedule a yoga class or a brisk walk the day before.  Exercise has tons of benefits, but the purpose of exercising right before you bear all in your swimsuit is all about the confidence boost it gives you about your own body.

If you are going abroad, no mater how little time you have before you fly,  start doing the Plank exercise twice a day every day.  It’s easy!

Time yourself and begin with holding good posture for just one minute:

                        Shoulders back and down, stomach in and head held high and strong

Start to build this up every day until you can comfortably hold Plank pose for five mins twice a day.  This will strengthen your core, making it feel tighter, you will hold yourself upright and your body will feel strong and confident.

Eat healthy food

Another way to achieve some easy swimsuit confidence boost is by eating healthy foods, so in the week before you fly make it your mission to only eat the cleanest, healthiest most delectable foods.  Cut back on the carbs, only one small portion or carbs per day and no carbs after lunchtime. Focus on lean proteins, fish, seafood, fruits and veg. Dehydration can also make you feel sluggish and this in turn makes you feel like giving up on your good work.  So drink plenty of water, increase you daily intake to between 1.5 – 2 litres of still water.  Your skin and your waistline will be the better for it in only a few days.

And finally a favourite way of faking swimsuit confidence fast is accessorizing!!  Buying yourself some inexpensive accessories to complete your beach look, a great kaftan, a wide brimmed hat or some great wedge heals will make you feel glamorous and confident both on and off the beach.

Happy Sunbathing everyone x