Don't worry if you forgot about bikini season.
With so much going on, who had time to think about counting calories and working out to fit into a two-piece?
But it's not too late to get ready for the big reveal. We asked eight experts for some last-minute tips
to inspire bikini body confidence:
DO THE PLANK: Trade in crunches for plank holds. Crunches work
the rectus abdominus but planks target the internal obliques,
external obliques and transverse abdominus to give you a leaner
look by helping with your posture. To do a plank, balance on the
floor on your forearms and toes, forming a straight line from head
to heels and hold for 30 seconds.
- Mary Christ Anderson, Fitness Director of Fitness magazine
ACCESORIZE: Try a great pair of earrings, an anklet or belly
ring, cool sunglasses, lovely flip-flops. Bring a glamorous
cover-up. If you need color, use a self-tanner, which will make you
feel more confident. Get a mani and pedi. "Your toes and fingers
can really help carry off an elegant look."
- Red Carter, designer
EAT FRUITS AND VEGGIES: High water, high potassium fruits and
vegetables help regulate the body's water balance to reduce
bloating and prevent dehydration. Since vegetables are only 20
calories a serving, cut back on whole grains and lean proteins and
use veggies to fill up.
- Dawn Jackson Blatner, registered dietitian and author of "The
Flexitarian Diet" ( McGraw-Hill, 2009)
MAKE THE SUIT FIT: You should not get bulging from the straps or
material and the bottom should not be baggy. The bottom should
contour with your rear without pinching or sagging. With the top,
always tie the bottom strap first as tight as possible - without
losing circulation - and then do the top around your neck. This
will lift the bust up.
- Danna Pomeroy of www.fijitimeswim.com
ACCEPT YOURSELF: Stand in front of the mirror with your bathing
suit on. Focus on the features you like. Then focus on what you
will do in the suit - swim, lay on the beach. "The more you focus
on what you will do, rather than how you look, the more you'll
enjoy yourself and the better your body image will be."
- Stacey Rosenfeld, New York City-based psychologist
GET ON TRACK: Start exercising and eating right today for a
2-pound weight loss in one week. You will feel more confident and
energized. Do a mix of cardio and strength training; follow a 1,600
to 1,800 calorie a day menu. For motivation, put up images of
healthy, happy women with strong, sculpted bodies you admire.
- Meaghan B. Murphy, SELF's fitness director
TRY INTERVALS: Fire up the metabolism with an interval-based
cardio program. Do this simple routine three days this week: 1
minute max effort, followed by two minutes at an easy pace. Repeat
five times. You can run, bike, or use a cardio machine. To prevent
bloating, keep sodium in check and watch the gas-producing foods
and carbonated beverages.
- Jen Ator, Women's Health assistant fitness editor
GIVE IN: Rather than focus on what size you were last year or
thought you would be this year, find a suit that fits the body you
have now. "Knowing and understanding the size and shape of your
body, and deciding how you want to dress it, can be an empowering
moment. After all, size is just a number."
- Jess Weiner, author, self-esteem expert
Yikes! Bikini season is here - last minute tips
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