Don't Eat Like Sh*t....Or Do And 8 Other Ways To Get The Perfect Summer Bod You Already Have
Start writing a post

Don't Eat Like Sh*t....Or Do And 8 Other Ways To Get The Perfect Summer Bod You Already Have

No but seriously...get up and get your butt to the gym or lounge in the pool.

Don't Eat Like Sh*t....Or Do And 8 Other Ways To Get The Perfect Summer Bod You Already Have
Tiffany Collins

Moms, dads, boys, and girls…and, more importantly, ANYONE who is going to be heading outside this summer: summer body shaming season is approaching us. As much as we have it in our minds that we need to have the “perfect summer body like hers,” we don’t, because what is actually the "perfect-summer-body-we-have-to-go-the-gym-57-times-a-week-to-get" look like?

So take my advice on how to achieve your perfect summer body:

1. Drink water...or margaritas

Definitely drink water all the time, especially when spending long days outside in the summer heat. Being hydrated is super important all year round, whether you are looking to sit inside and watch Netflix or head to the beach. Drinking water shouldn’t only be for working towards changing your body for summer, but if that’s on your itinerary this spring, then yes, water.

2. Go the gym every day...or don’t.

The gym is a place to get healthy, get stronger, get slimmer or gain muscle. But for some, gyms can be places that people dread going to--intimidating people, confusing equipment. Heck, if you’re looking to get some exercise to be ready for the summer, head outside in the beautiful weather! Walk your dog (or a friend’s), go for a hike, ride a bike through your local park. There are so many ways to get exercise that aren’t about being locked up inside for most of your week doing enjoyable activities and feeling unmotivated and uncomfortable while doing so.

3. Don’t eat like sh*t…or order a pizza and wings.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m not advocating for unhealthy eating above fruits, vegetables, and low carb meals. But I am advocating for happiness and a realistic lifestyle. So yes, eating healthy should be on everyone’s mind--but not only to work towards an unhealthy goal of suddenly losing tons of weight and gaining a super-round butt in the one month before summer starts. If these are your goals, great, good for you, and good luck! But it isn’t going to happen by June. And no, you don’t need a cheat day, but if your friends invite you to their barbecue with cheeseburgers and beers, please attend.

4. Take pictures!

There is a lot of body shaming in our society right now, especially when it comes to the summer, the beach, and swimsuits. Apparently, there is this idea of an “ideal summer body” and if you don’t have “it,” wearing a bathing suit, let alone a bikini, is taboo. I’m here, as someone who definitely eats too much ice cream to fit into this “ideal summer body” image, that you shouldn’t ever, ever, ever listen to this. Wear whatever makes you happy at the beach, in the park, on the boardwalk or wherever you may go this summer. And take pictures! Record fun memories with your friends and family, and be proud and confident in them!

5. Find friends to take on this challenge with you!

Whether these friends will be workout buddies or people who will make you feel confident with yourself while you skip the gym to hang out in the pool, keeping positive people around during the summer will help everyone to have a happy and healthy time off from school or work. Friends should pick each other up, and keeping yours around will create a happy summer atmosphere for everyone! Make sure to take pictures, too.

6. Buy a new swimsuit and clothes to wear!

Yes, totally do this. Whether you are buying new clothes to fit a new body you’ve been working towards or want new fun clothes for the summer in the size you already are, new clothes bring confidence and positivity. If you look good, you feel good, whether you’re buying a size two or twenty-two.

7. Be confident!

Obviously! Being confident is truly about your mindset. So take the earlier advice to help you be confident. Take fun pictures, wear whatever makes you happy, eat carbs or don’t, buy new clothes! Have fun this summer and be confident--confidence shows.

8. Don’t give up on your happiness.

Especially with unrealistic beauty standards setting “fake” rules for summer, happiness and confidence can be hard to maintain all the time. It is easy to be put down and feel like you have to be at the gym every day and living on carrots and water. But you don’t, unless that is what makes you happy. We all have rough days, but make sure to look ahead and work towards being as confident as you can be.

9. Last but not least…

Be the happiest and most confident you this summer. If the happiest you is being ultra healthy and attending the gym every day, then do it! Work hard, do the extra mile, and skip the dessert. If the happiest you is lounging in the pool and snacking on chips instead of carrots, then you eat the hell out of those chips. Whatever makes you happy, strive to do that all summer.

The perfect summer body is a real thing--it is the body you have now. There isn’t anything wrong with working to change your body--if that is what you want to do, then do it! But don’t shame others for not wanting to, and never say that someone’s current body is anything less than the perfect summer body.

So to the girl who decided I needed her advice to change my body, thanks but no thanks, I'm happy taking casual walks for exercise and replacing water with margaritas.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

10 Small Reasons To Smile​

There's always a reason to be happy.

10 Small Reasons To Smile​

It doesn't cost a thing - so smile.

Keep Reading... Show less
11 Songs That Will Hit You In The Feels, No Doubt About It

One of my favorite things to do when it comes to music is making different playlists on Spotify. I find it so fun to go back to old songs, find new ones, and categorize them into my different playlists. We all have that one playlist that we resort to when we are really feeling some type of way — also known as a "feels" playlist. If you have one of these playlists or feel ~inspired~ to make one, here are 11 songs that are a must to add.

Keep Reading... Show less

To My Fellow Girls With Resting B**** Face

A letter to my friends with RBF about understanding your own face and helping others deal with it.

Jupe du Jour

To the girl with resting b**** face:

Keep Reading... Show less

The Boyfriends Of The 2000s

Thank you, J14, for the Posters

J14 magazine

Every girl remembers her first crush. Even if your first crush was the boy in your kindergarten class that ate crayons, your first true love will always be the one that holds the key to your heart. Growing up in the 2000s, everyone knew who your dream guy was. Your family probably still give you grief and your best friends probably still reminisce, so it is impossible to forget your first celebrity crush. You bought a Tiger Beat magazine every chance you could just to read up about what your favorite celebrity was doing. Your room was fully decorated with posters of them, and it wasn't unusual to have fights with your best friends over who was going to marry him. If you were a 90's baby, lucky you because the 2000s were full of boys that were easy to love. I hope you enjoy a walk down memory lane and quickly realize that Bieber was definitely not the first guy with that hair cut. Here are 15 90's baby's first boyfriends.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

20 Things I Learned By The Start of My 20s

No one expects you to have your life together by the time you're 20, because honestly, they didn't either.

Allyson Foutty

We are all often faced with many life challenges throughout the time leading up to our 20s. Before this time, and throughout it, we often look back at the things we've learned and how they've influenced who we are as people today. Some of my biggest influences were some of the challenges I've faced, but they've taught me 20 important things by the start of my 20s.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments