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Get Your Best Summer Body Ever: 28 Day Workout Plan

May 1, 2010

Obtaining your best summer body ever is easy to do when you have a plan. A well thought out plan of action will keep you focused and help you to see your progress as you move along. There will be two components: combining a 28 day workout plan with a healthy diet. Aim to eat as healthy as possible (anywhere between 1500-1800 calories daily) with plenty of clean foods and minimal refined flours and sugars. When combined with this 28 Day Workout Plan, you can prepare for a body worthy of a skimpy bathing suit.

Days 1-7:

The easiest way to kick start your plan is to go heavy on the cardiovascular activity. Most people feel like they're getting more of a workout when they do cardio versus strength training. It's more of a mental thing than anything else, but it's good to begin your plan feeling like you're accomplishing something. Aim to do six 45 minute high intensity cardiovascular workouts during the first seven days, plus an additional 30 minute walk every single day. To accomplish this, plan to do the walk at one end of your day and the workout at the other end. You might find it easier to work out heavily in the morning instead of in the evening (or vice versa). Your high intensity workouts can be anything that really gets your heart going - kickboxing class, a run, bike riding, hiking, Zumba class or anything else you prefer.

Days 8-14:

Now that you've kicked your workout into full gear, start adding some strength training sessions. Plan to continue with your 30 minute walks every day and six workout sessions, only this time plan to do only two of the workouts strictly cardio. The other four can be strictly strength training or interval training, where you do a combination of cardiovascular activity and weight lifting. Interval sessions are very effective ways to get in shape quickly. Taking interval classes will give you a great workout. Look for classes like Boot Camp, Body Conditioning and Body Sculpting. If you prefer to do things at home, check out a fitness video like Jillian Michael's "30 Day Shred." For sessions strictly concentrating on strength training, lift weights in reps until you experience muscle failure.

Days 15-21:

When you want to get in shape fast, it's important to concentrate on building muscle. Therefore, you'll want to use this time to repeat last week's workout plan.

Days 22-28:

By now you should be seeing some changes in your physique and feeling more energized. It's time to tailor your workout to your liking. Continue taking daily 30 minute walks. Make sure to do at least three high intensity workouts and three strength training sessions or interval sessions. If there are certain areas you want to target, like your thighs or biceps, lift weights to target muscle tone in those areas.

This 28 Day Workout Plan will get you in great shape. Continue working out like this for another two or three months for optimal results.

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