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Expert: although it’s spring, don’t panic – start preparing your body for summer

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUSpring is the season when people start preparing their bodies for the summer season, recovering their power and figures. Considering that it is already April, there is very little time left to recover the figure and prepare for the beach season. Dr. Aleksandrs Mertincuks, expert of Herbalife scientific advisory council, dietologist, gastroenterologist and therapist, notes that there is no reason to panic.

Preparing your body for the summer season should be made a routine, with a focus on having a balanced diet, physical activities and spending time outside.

Enjoy sunlight!

It is important to spend at least some time out in fresh air during lunch. If possible, consider relocating your workplace closer to a window. Instead of travelling to work with public transport or car, try going on foot. This will help your body wake up in the morning, take in energy and enjoy the morning sunlight. Sunlight is the best natural source of vitamin D. Fresh air will help you feel better and focus throughout the day.

Pay attention to the intake of necessary vitamins, fibres and minerals

To prepare for summer, it is important to pay attention to the intake of the necessary nutrients. First of all, review your diet. Many people consume ‘comfort food’: pizza, pastries, French fries, fried food in oil, semi-finished products, etc. Unfortunately, comfort foods contain a lot of carbohydrates and fats that usually affect the waist. Nothing is more important than fresh fruits and vegetables when it comes to preparing the body for summer. Fruits and vegetables will provide you will all the necessary vitamins, fibres and minerals. Healthy amounts of carbohydrates can be found in full-grain bread, porridge, legumes, low-fat milk and milk products, etc.

Proteins are important for people who wish to recover their figure

It is important to keep in mind that when a body is under additional stress, metabolism becomes more active to provide the necessary energy. While training, you should provide your body with balanced nutrition. Otherwise your body will not have sufficient strength and energy will not be sufficiently balanced. Health proteins can be found in lean meat (chicken, turkey, beef), milk and milk products (Greek yogurt, cottage cheese or cottage cheese), eggs, seafood (tuna, octopus, salmon), quinoa, green peas and other foods.

Our organism needs water every day regardless of the season

The right daily dose of water is approximately 1-1.5 l or six to eight glasses. Remember, water helps flush toxins from your body.

Eat five, not three times a day

Most of us are used to eating three times a day – breakfast, dinner and supper. Some of us even skip breakfast in favour of eating only two times a day. This is a very big mistake, because breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Dr Martinuks emphasizes that eating habits are just as important as the meals. He recommends having a meal five times a day – breakfast, snack, dinner, snack and supper. By snacks he means light vegetable salads, fruits or nuts.

Give energy to gain energy

Usually low activity laziness and excessive eating habits result in bigger kilograms. Considering that it is still cold outside, it is hard to motivate oneself to do physical exercises.

After balancing your diet with necessary nutrients, you should focus on preparing your body for physical activities. First, write a plan of activities. Start slow and follow the plan. If you rush things, it will negatively impact your body. You should adapt your body to every physical exercises gradually.


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