3 Moves To Get YOUR ABS Bikini-Ready

If you’re anything like me, then you already have way too many bikinis lined up on your shopping wishlist for the new season. With swimsuit weather around the corner comes the pressure to kick your fitness plan into high gear. While a toned body doesn’t appear overnight, there are exercises you can do to quickly tighten and define your core so you can feel your best once bikini season arrives.

Here are tips for how to get your abs ready for summer + my favorite bikinis from IconSwim that compliments the curves.

Before I continue, I do want to say this post was written ahead of time and I purchased these gorgeous bikinis when it was on sale. So no I did not get the price wrong. IconSwim always have a sale going, so don’t be discouraged. Scroll down to read!

Raised-Leg Crunches

Tones: Lower and middle abs

How To: Lie flat on your back and raise your legs, bending your knees to form a 90-degree angle. Place your hands behind your head and slowly crunch straight forward, pulsing your upper body toward your knees. Remember to keep your back flat, chin up, and try to get your shoulder blades off the ground for each crunch.

Reps: 3 sets of 30

Jackknife Push-Ups

Tones: Arms, core, and legs

How To: On a BOSU ball, position your arms shoulder-width apart and do a push-up. As you power up, pop your feet open, and then bring them back together as you go back down. The ball requires you to engage your core muscles while you complete this move, making it great for strength training.

Reps: 3 sets of 30 seconds

Bicycle Crunches

Tones: Middle and upper abs

How To: Lie on the floor and place your legs at a 90-degree angle with your arms behind your head. Keep your shoulders high and your lower back squeezed against the mat. Pump your legs back and forth in a bicycle motion, with your shoulders off the ground. We suggest crunching left and right, touching your elbow to your opposite knee to engage your obliques (a.k.a. love handles).

Reps: 3 sets of 30 seconds

ICONSWIM BIKINI FAVES:

Drippin’ Bikini-Blue,$16

Blue top featuring the word, Drippin in yellow with matching bottoms

Stripe Me Down Bikini-Black,$16

Black, long sleeve, cropped top featuring a white trim design with matching vertically, striped high waist bottoms. 

You Had Me At Aloha Bikini-Blue,$16

Blue top with matching bottoms featuring a cutout design.

Stripe Where I Belong Bikini-Black,$16

Multicolor neon cropped top with a thick stripe design featuring matching bottoms with a thick waistband and color trim

You Had Me At Aloha Bikini-Floral,$16

Multicolor, floral print top with matching bottoms featuring a cutout design.

Sea Level Bikini-Orange,$16

Orange top featuring purple straps with matching high-waist bottoms

Surfin Bikini-Floral Print,$16

Floral print cropped top with matching high waist bottoms. Bottoms feature a cutout and mesh paneling. 

Running Game Monokini-Red/Orange, $16

Redish orange colormonokini featuring a front keyhole cut out with an added strap.

In A Bind Bikini-Orange,$16

Orange short sleeve, cropped top featuring a front knotted style with matching thin strap, cheeky bottoms. 

Two-Faced Monokini-Orange,$16

Multicolor one-piece featuring keyhole cutout designs in the front and back.

All In All Bikini- Neon Yellow,$16

Bright neon yellow top featuring left side gold zipper. Bottoms feature gold zipper down left hip and high waist fit.

Now You Sea Me Bikini-Print,$16

 Multicolor print top featuring matching bottoms with a criss-cross cut out design.

Catch A Break Hikini-Neon Yellow,$26

Yellow bikini top with matching high waisted, high cut bottoms. Paired with a yellow, half sleeve mesh top.

I will definitely be buying more swimsuits from IconSwim! The quality and prices are amazing plus the sizes range from xsmall-2x. Hopefully Rona decides to give us our Summer back so I can actually go to the beach or on a yacht somewhere that is beautiful and secluded. Unlike others, I have been staying inside making sure I don’t gain anymore weight and planning my next mini trip that no one is going to know about sssshhhhh.

HOW ARE YOU GETTING READY FOR THE SUMMERTIME? Comment Below!

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Ultimate Pre & Post-Workout Skincare Routine For Glowing Skin

As you know, rule number one of working out is to take off your makeup! Doing this alone is a great to start ensuring your skin looks better, not worse, at the end of a workout. But when it comes to working out we don’t often think about our skincare routine, but treating your skin properly before and after your workout will make a huge difference to your skin. When you exercise, your body temperature increases and more often than not, you sweat – a lot – and that makes your pores dilate, making it even easier for makeup and bacteria to make its way in and block your pores.

So, we’re here to share the ultimate skincare routine for before and after your workout to ensure your skin brings its a-game every time. We’ve even discovered some workout skincare products that are giving us incredible results while we exercise – now that’s multitasking at its best!

Pre-Workout Skincare Routine

Step 1: Wash your Face

…Not with makeup wipes!!

A.M.: If you’ve just woken up or you’re not wearing makeup, do a quick wipe with micellar water on a cotton pad or splash your face with a little water. It’s important that your skin is clean, so if you feel like your skin needs it, do a gentle cleanse with a milk or gel cleanser.

workout skincare

P.M.: Double cleanse to remove all your makeup! We love to use the Face Halo, because all you have to do is wet it, and the tiny little fibers will lift off makeup and dirt, so it’s super easy to use on-the-go. To finish, we love to use the Foreo Luna 3 cleansing device with a gel cleanser to remove every last trace of makeup – the T-sonic pulsations and soft silicone bristles help clean extra deep into pores, which is exactly what you need before a workout!

Step 2: Actives That Work

Just because you’re working out, doesn’t mean your skin shouldn’t get a little love. We love to use lightweight, hydrating and protective formulas while we work out, like a vitamin C serum, or an antioxidant-rich gel moisturizer to protect our skin from free radicals that attack during exercise. Avoid anything to rich and heavy, which could feel uncomfortable when you sweat.

Without a doubt, one of our most exciting new discoveries is Face Gym’s Training Sticks, $49, aka heat-activated skincare that gets to work while you do! Since we’ve discovered these, we literally haven’t worked out without them, and we love how they warm up on your skin while you work out, slowly releasing potent actives that penetrate deeper as your skin’s metabolism is accelerated. The controlled delivery system also helps improve your complexion for up to six hours post-workout (even after cleansing).

The Training Sticks are so quick and easy to use – literally just swipe onto your forehead, cheeks, chin, and temples – and we love the different options: Spirulina for lifting and firming, Activated Charcoal for detoxing, and Brazilian Pink Clay for brightening. You can also buy all three in mini version, plus a hydrating Multivitamin stick for $75 – so you can multi-mask to target different issues. The charcoal formula leaves our skin feeling super soft and bright post-workout, and we love that these fight against damaging free-radicals, which are rife during exercise.

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3. Protect

If you’re working out outside in the sun or going for a hike, SPF is essential. We recommend a mineral sunscreen, which means when you sweat your eyes shouldn’t sting (chemical SPFs often sting the eyes). Check out one of my fave mineral sunscreen here.

Finally, don’t forget a little lip balm to keep your lips moist and to prevent cracking. And always tie your hair up to avoid hair and hair products mingling with your skin.

Post-Workout Skincare Routine

Step 1: Cleanse

We know after working out you often have places to be, but it’s so important to wash your face post-workout as soon as possible. If you’ve washed your skin before your work out (we really hope you did), use a gentle water-based cleanser to get rid of sweat and bacteria. We love the Holi Frog Superior Omega Nutritive Gel Wash, $36, which is pH-balanced and deeply cleans the skin while nourishing it with omega fatty acids, probiotics, and antioxidants to replenish the skin. It also has natural antibacterial properties to help prevent breakouts and clogged pores, without stripping your skin.

Finish your cleanse by splashing your face with cool water, which helps to tighten the pores and shrink blood vessels, which will help to reduce redness more quickly.

Step 2: Hydrate

First things first, drink plenty of water to hydrate your body and skin – the best hydration comes from within! Then use plenty of hydrating ingredients on your skin. Start with a toner that’s soothing and calming, so look for ingredients like chamomile and aloe or opt for hydrating milky formulas. We love the Pixi Rose Tonic, $18, which helps to reduce redness and calm the skin while balancing your skin’s pH levels. Follow with a lightweight serum or hyaluronic acid, like the Sarah Chapman Intense Hydrating Booster Moisture Serum, $98, which is formulated with Bioecolia and Beta Glucan to activate the skin’s natural defenses against bacteria and irritants, plus hyaluronic acid and soothing rose water. We love how fluid this serum is and how easily it melts into the skin to instantly hydrate and repair the skin after the stress of working out.

Step 3: Lock it in

Now your skin is well hydrated, lock it all in with a moisturizer. We prefer to steer clear of thicker formulas post-workout (save that for nighttime), instead, stick to gel-like or lightweight moisturizers like the Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer, $52, which helps to reduce redness (great for after a workout), tighten pores, and balance your skin.

Now enjoy that glow-up and feel proud of yourself for working out and showing your skin some love at the same time.

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DOES A SWEAT BELT WORK?

Does a sweat belt work? Short answer, yes.

Waist trimmers, tummy trimmers, belly burners, belly belts, by any name, they all do one thing – and that is to get you the best core and abs that you can achieve. These belts are known to help people attain incredible results that target weight and fat loss in the stomach and torso region. Carrying and storing excess cellulite in this region is particularly harmful since it can accumulate and cause serious health consequences. A steady rise in belly fat can lead to heart diseases, stroke, type-2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer. Waist trimmers help you achieve an optimum size, fat percentage, improve your health, and make you look fantastic.

Since these belly burners are incredibly versatile workout accessories, they play an essential role in fat burning and weight loss. To achieve the best result for your body, it is crucial to understand your body type and how you want to reduce your weight. Apart from this, you must finalize a trimmer that is the most effective and comfortable on your skin. The belly burner should be well engineered with features that help in cradling your abdomen and torso and that help straightens your posture. They should also be durable and long lasting since you would be sweating excessively while working out.

WHAT DOES IT DO? It helps with losing excess water weight/bloating. Especially during your period!! I carry about 6 extra pounds of water weight on my period so this baby is amazing. My jeans won’t fit right during this time. After a cardio session with this belt, they fit SO MUCH better due to the loss of water weight.

You DO have to work hard though. The belt doesn’t do the work for you, you have to be doing your intense cardio to see a difference.

In the long run, there is a fat loss that happens due to your bodies performance while using the belt. When you use the belt and topical cream, your body has to work harder to regulate your body temperature. You are essentially burning more energy because of this. Over time, this will add up to a fat loss ONLY with proper nutrition and regular exercise NOT by the sweat belt itself.

WHAT IS A WAIST BELT: A waist trimmer is typically a neoprene type of belt that is used to fasten around your waistline. It enables your body to sweat off the excess water from the abdominal area.

Your sweat is the excess water from your body which is the water weight and losing the water weight contributes to weight loss. It is a great fitness essential tool for your daily workout.

HOW TO USE A WAIST TRIMMER? Using a waist trimmer belt is pretty easy.

Make sure that the belt is covering the front side of the abdomen. Just wrap the end of the fastening belt around the torso making sure that you are comfortable wearing the waist trimmer belt and fully secure.

WHY SHOULD YOU USE ONE? Needed help with water weight or bloating. This is why I have been using mine. It has helped so much with bloating! I bloat so easily if I eat the wrong thing or have a dairy exposure. A couple of days of using this and the water weight is gone!

WHERE TO FIND ONE? I received mine from Perfect Sculpt in 2018, I just started my fitness journey again and wanted to share with my followers about the item that has been helping to trim this waist. Holla!

WHAT WORKOUTS TO USE IT WITH? I use these on my 100% cardio days or days that I am just doing a short upper body workout and cardio.

6 BENEFITS OF A WAIST TRIMMER BELT

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BACK SUPPORT: Health professionals and chiropractors give instructions to patients to wear waist trimmers and compression bandages who are suffering back and spine trauma.

This is to give support to the back and the best ideal way of healing to correct your posture.

Compression gives you the physiotherapy portion of recovery for those who are unfortunate of having poor posture and back pains at the end of the day.

If you have issues with your lower back, a waist trimmer gives the extra support if you need to sit straight up and reduce the pressure you feel on your back.

SLIMMING EFFECTS: The waist trimmer acts like a corset in the new age which creates the façade of you having a slimmer waist while wearing it.

In fact, it doesn’t whittle away the bulging area of the middle area. When you put on the belt on your waist, it gives the slimming effect of the waist.

DIET REMINDER: A waist trimmer is a good reminder that you need to eat better and exercise properly.

Isn’t it a good thing?

The waist trimmer gives you the pressure of having the motivation to achieve your fitness goals.

YOU CAN WEAR IT ANYTIME, ANYWHERE: Another good thing about waist trimmer is that you can wear it anytime and anywhere. You can wear it under your clothes while you are at work, just sitting in front of your computer or going to the grocery.

REDUCE BELLY FAT: We all know that belly fat doesn’t go anywhere that quick.

Actually, it is really that tough to get rid of it on your midsection. But with the help of proper exercise, wearing a waist trimmer is such a good tool to shrink down the size of your belly.

IMPROVES POSTURE: Having an amazing body posture adds confidence, personality, and outlook on life.

Wearing a waist trimmer is such a huge help to correct your body posture because tightens the grip on your stomach and force you to stand straight.

CONCLUSION OF THE BENEFITS OF WEARING A WAIST TRIMMER: Reading the above information will show that a lot of the benefits of wearing a waist trimmer belt can help with spinal benefits or tighten your stomach leading to added benefits.

Although there are physical benefits of wearing a waist trimmer belt I would say it’s only about 10% as effective as proper diet and exercise.

It is a new favorite for fitness geeks out there as you have the freedom to wear it anytime and anywhere. It is really comfortable to wear. You won’t feel pain unlike corsets and other waist trainers which give you limited mobility and you feel like a robot.

A waist trimmer belt generates heat from the middle area of your body. It helps to get rid of the excess water from the belly area.

It’s for personal use and ideal for your health as it contributes to weight loss and supports your back if you have posture problems. Wearing this makes you feel great and look better in the long run.

As a wrap-up, Does a sweat belt work? YES, if used properly and having the right mindset of what it’s intended to do! If you’ve read this blog post and you’ve now decided that you want to purchase a waist trimmer belt for yourself then check out Perfect Sculpt to receive your very own best SCULPT SWEAT BELT

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I Tried Kim Kardashian’s Favorite Flat Tummy Shakes and I’m Impressed!

Flat Tummy Shakes by Flat Tummy Co. are the meal replacement shakes buzzing all over social media and I’ve decided to see what all the fuss is about. Do they really work? Will they curb your appetite? Will they help to lose weight? Read more and find out all about it, my honest review and results.

This post is sponsored by Flat Tummy Co. I am being compensated for this post. All comments and opinions are my own.

WHAT ARE FLAT TUMMY SHAKES?

Flat Tummy Shakes are meal replacement shakes made by Flat Tummy Co., a brand very well known for their de-bloating detox teas. They introduced this meal replacement program as an easy and safe alternative to losing weight and getting back on track. Its magic ingredient is clinically proven Citrimax, a dietary supplement used to burn fat and slim down the waistline. The shakes are the perfect addition to a healthy lifestyle no matter how big or small your goals are. There’s simply nothing easier than shaking up and drinking 1-2 of them a day.

The shakes are great if you have a special occasion coming up, your weight loss has plateaued, or you simply need a nudge in the right direction. They are vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free, as well as having a digestive blend of enzymes and probiotics, omega 3’s, and six grams of fibre.

MY CURRENT LIFESTYLE

I am generally an active person, can’t stay still for too long. With my job, I’m always on the move. I am always on my feet and stuff. I’m not one to attend a gym on a regular basis but I do have fitness apps that teach me exercises to do at home. Whether it be a 30-45 minute cardio workout 2-4 times a week, taking long walks, or being sexually active, I consider myself fairly active.

When it comes to my “diet”, I love choosing from my many options of tea to enjoy with my meal preps. I am learning and experimenting with different healthy smoothies that is flavorful and works for me. Flattummyco Shakes is quick and easy, just the way I like it, all while still enjoying the things I love.

THE 4 WEEK PROGRAM

What I love about the Flat Tummy Shakes is that they are just like having one of my green smoothies, only they’re packed with a lot more good stuff. They’re quick and easy, and a much better option than loading up on carbs. Instead of grabbing a croissant in the morning, you can have a shake and still feel full. I noticed right away that I had more energy, less cravings, and I was feeling less bloated. The shakes have 20 grams of plant based protein, 22 vitamins and minerals and over 50 fruits and veggies – a definite “oh she glows” kind of drink.

Having tried other protein shakes in the past, I knew what to expect about the taste. I was given Vanilla and Strawberry flavor shakes, so with that I was able to add extras to the shake if I felt the shake was too bland. The key to really enjoying these shakes is to make sure that you really shake it! Make sure all of the powder is blended into your liquid of choice. You can use regular filtered water, almond milk, coconut milk – you decide. You can also whip it up in a blender and add fresh or frozen fruits for a better tasting shake. What I love is the proportional packets so I don’t have to get elbow deep scooping powder out of giant tubs, and the packets super portable! I just tuck one in my purse for later if I’m having a late morning and shake it up on the go. 

Personally, I enjoyed the drink by mixing it with almond milk and chugging it down – no time to waste! During the first few weeks of taking one shake a day, I would still snack between meals. In the last two weeks, there were no more urges to snack. The cravings became less and less and eventually diminished. Keep in mind that I cut out sugar and gluten, so I was already consuming a healthy, high protein diet otherwise known as a paleo or whole 30 diet. I immediately felt full afterwards and it really was just enough for me. You can replace up to two meals a day with the flat tummy shakes!

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THE RESULTS

My expectations with any weight loss supplement is that bloating would decrease significantly – and that it did. Consider it to be water weight, if you will, but I was definitely lighter and able to ‘suck in’ my tummy and feel comfortable in my skin by the end of the four week program. The shakes made me want to keep up a healthy regime, by making the right meal choices and drinking plenty of water instead of snacking. Funny how the mind plays tricks on you like that, making you think that you are hungry when really, you are thirsty!

After taking the meal replacement shakes every day for four weeks, I have lost a total of 20 lbs, which is a lot for me! The combination of summertime, constantly going out with friends, eating fresh fruits and veggies and staying hydrated, all played a significant role. But the real winners here are the Flat Tummy Shakes. They got rid of my bloating and reduced my appetite, making me feel comfortable in a swimsuit. And it definitely helped me to get my mind off of food! It’s a much healthier alternative to skipping meals (don’t ever skip breakfast!) and you will get results, the healthy way.

Flat Tummy Co. Shake It Baby meal replacement shakes come in Vanilla, Strawberry and Chocolate flavors, which one would you choose? They used to sell Matcha, don’t know what happened but I hope Flattummyco brings it back!

If you’re looking for extra help with results, definitely check out Flat Tummy Co.’s website and order a few shakes. And guess what?! They’ve got a massive 25% sale going on right now!! So if you want to try this product, that’s the time to get your hands on some!

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