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Beach-Body ready: 5 free ways to get fit

Hit the beach with confidence this summer
Hit the beach with confidence this summer
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Are you ready to hit the beach this summer? If you're still striving towards a fitness goal but worried about ruining your budget, try these five free ways to get fit or stay fit this summer.

Trade your soda for water

According to the Mayo Clinic, if you'd like to lose one pound, you'll need to burn off about 3,500 calories. While exercise is an important part of any weight-loss plan, most people would rather have the easiest path to victory. Consider this: a 12-ounce Coke contains 140 calories, and that's only the calories found in one can. Those calories quickly add up throughout the course of a week, and if they're not burned off, they stay with you. What beverage costs nothing and leaves you with no calories to burn off? Water. Trading any carbonated beverage for water will not only save you calories but will also keep your wallet in a healthier state. Now that's food for thought.

Make the most of the morning

It can be difficult to get motivated to work out during hot summer days, so make the most of the cooler morning hours. Take advantage of what limited time you may have in the morning to walk, run or explore local nature trails before the sun, smog and humidity are at higher levels.

Explore meatless options

If you're used to having red meat with every meal, challenge yourself to branch out. You'll discover a world of options that can be delicious, healthy and affordable. Instead of a hamburger, sausage or other red meat, look for other high-protein choices such as black beans, tuna, peanut butter, hard-boiled eggs or soybeans. Consult your medical professional for advice if you're being monitored for a chronic health condition.

Find free workout videos

Not interested in working out at a gym or outside? There are an endless variety of exercise options online. Find free workout videos on YouTube to jump-start your fitness journey.

Get a good night's sleep

Are you accustomed to not getting enough sleep? Sleep is more than a luxury- it's vital to physical and mental health, and sleep deprivation can harm your health. Being well-rested makes you more alert and able to say yes to healthy foods and no to choices that will sabotage your healthy living efforts.

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