Two piece and perfection!

The summer heat is at its peak. What's the first solution that pops into your head to beat the heat? Jump into the pool? Swimming becomes 'the' ultimate summer activity, rain dances in your backyard become a common occurrence and pool parties the social norm; have you noticed that everything suddenly revolves around water?

But for that, you have to get into that swimsuit first. Yes, dipping into that pool with shorts and a tee sucks. This is your golden moment to show off your chiselled body that you worked so hard to maintain. Oh wait, you haven't been? What do you do then? Here's your time to get back into shape. Those boring black one piece swimsuits are so passe, the string bikini has finally made an entrance into India, so bask in them!

Sweat it out, baby!
Granted that there is slim impetus to really push ourselves to work out in this heat. But we live in a tropical country. So we can't possibly not work out for most of the year. Schedule your workout at sunrise or sunset, since it's cooler then. Avoid working out between 10 am and 5 pm at all costs. Use the outdoors this time of the year since come monsoons, and we'll be forced to proceed indoors. Walking, jogging, hill-climbing or cycling are some fun outdoor activities. Allot just 45 minutes a day. Dancing is also a good option, and with Delhi abounding in various types of dance studios, choose what is most appealing to you. If you just can't do without those dumbbells, pick a gym with an AC and you'll be just fine.

Don't give up!
Most of us feel super motivated when we sign up for anything, but get bored or tired within a week. Take pains to stick to your regime. This trick always works for - stick a poster of Cheryl Cole/Angelina/Beyonce on a wall in front of your bed, so that it's the first and last thing you see in the day. Having a constant reminder of your benchmark subconsciously keeps you going. Workout buddies are highly recommended. Get your spouse/friend/sibling to join in with you. That way, when you're not up to it sometimes, he/ she can coax you and vice versa; just make sure that your partner isn't slower than you. Choose someone who's slightly faster/has more stamina than you so that you push yourself a notch higher to keep up.

Dive in
Abhimany Sable, fitness guru, hands out some expert tips. He says, "Take extra precaution to keep yourself constantly hydrated in the summer. We keep losing precious mineral salts and it is really important to replenish those with electrol, glucose or nimboo paani. Keep guzzling water throughout the day. That way, you will also eat less. Keep your meals light and small and let the quantities reduce from breakfast to dinner (lightest). In this humidity, minimise your workout to small bursts, high intensity but short - like a sprint for 20 minutes instead of jogging for 45 and most essentially, change your workout every four weeks. Don't let your body get accustomed to any one type of workout, and you'll see how you steam it up in that bikini."

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