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8 Exercises To Help You Look Great In Swimsuit This Summer

8 Exercises To Help You Look Great In Swimsuit This Summer

Looking to get that perfect bikini body, or look great in a swimsuit this summer? Try these 8 fitness exercises: 4 for men and 4 for women!

Fitness Exercises for Men

Here are a few simple workouts for you guys to start looking great at the beach.

Lat Pulldown

The lat pulldown is a great exercise for your shoulders, arms, and back. It’s got a full range of motion compared to similar exercises, which increases muscle stretching and endurance. Many people focus too much on their arms and not enough on their shoulders and back – causing them to have spectacular arms, but lacking in back definition.

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Leg Scissors


No bikini body is complete without 6 pack abs. If you do these long enough, you’ll start to feel the burn and be well on your way to those abs you’ve always wanted. These are great for getting rid of that pesky pouch of fat in that hard to exercise area between your belly button and groin.

Front Squat

Of course, you can’t forget about leg day! Skipping leg day turns you into one of those incredibly awkward looking guys with huge upper bodies and wimpy lower bodies. No one wants to see that – never skip leg day!

Bench Press

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Last, but certainly not least, we have to hit the chest. What better way to build a huge chest than by the classic bench press? One tip I learned while working out myself – don’t bring the bar all the way down to your chest. Over time, bring the bar that far down can cause serious injury to the ligaments in your chest. Only bring the bar down enough so your arms are parallel with the ground.

Fitness Exercises for Women

Now that the guys have some exercises, this section is for the ladies wanting to look good!

Mountain Climber Planks

Ladies, if you’re ready for your own 6 pack abs, you’ve got to try these. Heck, show the men how it’s done and swap back and forth between these and the leg scissors in the men’s exercise sections to really feel the burn! For added benefit, include planking in between each set and down let yourself fall until you’re totally finished. Start as high as you’re comfortable, whether that’s 5 seconds or 5 minutes. As you continue these exercises every day, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll progress.

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Squats

A toned booty is highly sought after by all the guys on the beach, according to Stephanie Lee of FitnGeeky (and many others)! The best way to get that figure you desire is by a very basic squat! However, make sure you get your form right; improper squatting can do damage to your back. Good luck toning up your gluteus maximus!

Barbell Hip Thruster

They may look kind of funny, and the guys might turn their heads when they see you doing it, but barbell hip thrusters are one of the best ways to get the highly sought-after “V”. These work your back, glutes, and (most importantly), your lower abs. As with any machine workout (but especially those involving your back), be sure not to put too much weight on the bar or you risk serious injury.

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Push-ups


There’s nothing quite like an old-fashioned push-up. They still work out your chest as good as any machine could; maybe better if calisthenics is to be believed! Be sure to incorporate some of the classic exercises in your routine for the best results. As always, perfect your form for best results, and increase your reps when only using body weight!

There you have it ladies and gents – 4 exercises to get your beach bod on this summer! Happy exercising – be sure to share pictures of your results when you start seeing them!

Featured photo credit: Carrie O’Brien via images.unsplash.com

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Last Updated on August 20, 2018

35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

Every mature relationship has had a less-than-memorable anniversary. Maybe one of you forgot, or both of you got busy with work, kids, family issues, or something else. Whatever happened, the day came and went without fanfare. And neither of you seemed to notice or much care.

But for the health of any relationship, it’s important to make important days feel special. Anniversaries offer the wonderful opportunity to relive beautiful memories, practice gratefulness for your partner, and to show your love and strengthen your bond. Make this year’s anniversary with your significant other something special  — one that will bring you closer together.

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The best way to create a memorable anniversary is to do something new and different together as a couple. Stretch yourselves a bit.

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While boredom can silently kill a relationship, new experiences reinforce the shared bond you already have and create strong new memories. Just think back to the most significant memories you have right now with your spouse and imagine what new ones you can create!

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While you enjoy your chosen anniversary activity, be sure to keep a positive attitude and make your partner happy too on that day. Leave all arguments and day to day detail behind. Just celebrate your relationship. Whether you’re going to spend the day together at home, getting away, or having a wild and crazy new experience together, you can have your best anniversary yet!

If You’re Staying In

  1. Spend an evening with no technology, just the two of you and maybe a board game. It’s hard to keep ourselves away from our computers and smartphones long enough to have a meaningful conversation. Make a rule not to use your tech and you’ll rekindle your relationship!
  2. Make wine or beer together. If you enjoy drinking together, this is a fun activity to try together. Just remember to buy the necessary equipment ahead of time.
  3. Learn something new about each other. With an open mind, try asking some of the New York Times’ 36 questions that lead to love. They’ll help spark intimacy and will lead to some really honest moments.
  4. Have a lazy day. Breakfasts in bed, spend all day in bed talking and napping. Follow breakfast with champagne and dessert! If you feel like getting more active, cook together or play some games. Here’re some simple breakfast ideas for you.
    • Learn to dance at home. This is best for those active couples who work out together and also enjoy learning something new together. Just go on Youtube to find any music with dance tutorials and learn together.
    • Visit model homes or open houses and plan your dream home.
    • Have a special dessert – champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Having an unusual treat makes a day feel extra special. If you want to make the dessert really special, try these tasty dessert recipes.
    • Create a playlist of your favorite songs as a couple. Choose songs that tell your story, and songs that you bonded over throughout your relationships. Here’re some love songs ideas for your inspirations.
      • Write your love story. Write it together or ave each of you write your own and then bring them together in an interesting, both sides of the story format.
      • Get a fondue pot. Fondue is a fun way to enjoy melted cheeses (for savory items) and melted chocolate (for sweeter treats).
      • Decorate! Turn your home into a dressed-up french cottage, a sophisticated restaurant, or simply with flowers. The different ambience will immediately change the feel of your home and make it feel like a staycation.
        • Talk about the future together. It might sound simple and everyday, but imagining how you want to spend your retirement together, or planning future trips can be exciting and romantic.

        If You Want to Get Away

        1. Take a day trip together to your favorite spot. If you live in a city, it can be incredibly refreshing to get away for an afternoon and drink in the outdoors.
        2. Go on a scenic drive and stop at a wine and cheese bar. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have lots of options where you live, try a brewpub. There are tons of small craft breweries with fantastic food options too.
        3. Go camping. Relatively affordable and, if the weather’s right, beautiful and romantic.
          • Take an overnight backpacking trip. For the more adventurous couples, backpacking is an even more intense way to challenge yourself physically while becoming one with nature.
          • Take a wine tasting tour. If you live on the West Coast or in the Northeast, take a drive to the nearest winery. Many offer relatively inexpensive tastings and deals if you purchase a certain amount.
          • Take a scenic train trip. Taking the train means less stress traveling: nobody has to drive, you don’t have to stop for breaks every few hours, and you can sleep if you need to!
          • Save up for a destination vacation. What better time than your anniversary to enjoy the beach at a beautiful resort?
          • Explore a new city. Whether you’re on a budget or have a lot saved up, you can have a great time just exploring an unfamiliar town.
          • Rent a cabin for a weekend away, in the woods or next to a lake or ocean. If you like the outdoors but can only take so much nature, try glamping.
            • Go on a retreat. Yoga retreats, meditation retreats, beautiful natural surroundings … they’re all the rage. Search for centeredness and calm with your partner.
            • Spend a day at a food festival. Many cities have fun and affordable food festivals, occasionally based on a theme. Check out your town’s (or a nearby city) calendar for inspiration!

            New & Exciting Experiences

            1. Go spelunking. Dark, damp, and utterly exciting!
            2. Go on a hot air balloon ride. Because the basket is relatively small, this can be a romantic and deeply personal – and yet thrilling –
              experience.
              • Try sky diving. If you and you S.O. are real thrill-seekers, sky diving can really push you to the edge!
              • Explore the underwater world by snorkeling or scuba diving. This may take you far away from where you normally live and work, which is an added bonus.
              • Experience white water rafting.
              • Drive or hike to the highest spot nearby for a new view of the world. America has tons of beautiful mountains where challenging hikes (or drives) can deliver breathtaking views.
              • Take a craft or cooking class. Up your craft skills or food  making skills, and enjoy something new!
                • Take a wine and painting class today. These classes are easily found these days and even a beginning painter can create a nice painting. Challenging but relaxing, fun, and you get to go home with some artwork!
                • Learn to salsa dance. Dancing is a fantastic way to actively get closer and coordinate physically with one another.
                  • Visit a nearby festival you’ve always wanted to go to. Have fun and let go with fellow audience-members!
                  • Spend the day at an amusement park together. Laugh and carry on like teenagers.
                  • Meet new people! At a restaurant, concert, or class, make it a point to meet new friends. Striking up conversation with someone you don’t know – but with whom you have shared interests – can be an adventurous and rewarding experience.

                  Whether your budget is big or small, and whether you have a little or a ton of time together, focus on each other. There are tons of options, in terms of location, level of physical activity, and cost. You can make the day special in a way that’s right for you!

                  Featured photo credit: Photo by Taylor L. Spurgeon on Unsplash via unsplash.com

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