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Get fit this summer with Holly Del Rosso's Summer Shape Up Plan

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Just because we're in the middle of summer doesn't mean that you still can't work on your beach body. Personal trainer and Livestrong fitness guru Holly Del Rosso has developed a summer fitness plan of daily 30 minute workouts to target those hard-to-tone body parts quickly (with little to no equipment!), tips for working out in the summer heat and healthy eating ideas to curb hunger and provide lasting energy while you’re sitting out in the sun. Holly’s workout methods are designed to end frustrations and make exercise enjoyable so there's no reason why you shouldn’t go ahead and give them a try. The only thing you have to lose is pounds! Here are a few tips to jump start your new Summer Shape Up exercise regime:

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  1. Take your workout outside. Outdoor workouts are challenging and refreshing so try paddle boarding, surfing, cycling, yoga in the park or group runs like a 5K.

  2. Eat seasonal fruits and veggies. Most fruits and veggies are at their peak during summer months and by eating them you’re adding more nutrients to your diet. Look to add a host of different colors to your meal with various fruits and vegetables. Try grilling vegetables (corn, eggplant or zucchini) for a delicious side to your dinner or add juicy fruits (blackberries, peaches and melon) to your morning breakfast.

  3. Find a buddy to workout with. By partnering with someone, you’re more likely to work out when you say you will and it’s also a great way to catch up with old friends. Some of Holly's favorite “buddy workouts” include biking, outdoor dancing classes, canoeing, and of course, hiking (with a healthy picnic at the end!)

  4. Drink more “fun” water! It’s important to drink a plenty of water especially in the summer when you’re more prone to dehydration. Holly likes to make infused water mocktails to make water more exciting and delicious and only add 20 calories or less. Buy some fresh fruits, slice them up and add to your water. Her favorite combinations are peaches and strawberries, strawberries and mint or cucumber and watermelon and you’ll want to drink it all day in fun infusers like those from the Ball® brand.

  5. Eat many small meals. When you eat smaller portions more frequently, your metabolic rate tends to be higher (meaning you can burn calories more easily). Holly always tell her clients to eat 5-6 small meals a day that are packed with nutrients, including a snack in between each meal. Something like a Cookie Dough Balance Bar® will help to keep you full longer and satisfy your appetite. Balance Bar® is also a great snack to put in your purse or gym bag so you always have a nutritious snack on-hand and can avoid making bad snack choices at that last minute.

Holly Del Rosso is a personal trainer with over 11 years of fitness experience. She developed the H Method with the belief that changing your appearance starts with changing your attitude and encourages her clients to break down mental blocks and feel empowered by their bodies. Holly is known for accelerating her clients’ weight loss goals by helping them shatter their unhealthy habits and delivering toned results fast. Holly is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, Pre/Post Natal Certified, Dot Fit Nutrition Certified and Zumba Instructor Certified. If you want to personalty ask Holly Del Rosso any summer fitness and nutrition questions, be sure to join in on the Summer Shape Up Twitter Chat. The Twitter Chat goes live this Thursday, July 31 at 3pm EST/2pm CST by just following @BalanceBar with hashtag #BalanceShapeUp. Don't forget to also check out the infographics in the slideshow for some of Holly's 30 minute workouts!

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