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Personal trainer explains how to get beach fit

Personal trainer explains how to get beach fit
25 Feb 2014

Although booking a sunny beach holiday is tremendously exciting, the thought of having to step out in a bikini or board shorts can be nerve wracking prospect if you're not feeling particularly fit. 

A survey by Shape and FitSugar found that 82% of women feel pressured to slim down for the summer, with one in two women most self conscious about their stomachs. 

To help people holiday with confidence in 2014, personal trainer Graeme Hilditch has given Metro.co.uk his top tips for toning up. 

'The best exercise to burn calories is running,' he says. 'If you can fit in a 30 to 45 min run three to four times a week, you could burn up to 10,000 calories in the month leading up to your holiday.'

Other exercises suggested for that perfect beach body include intensive exercises such as press ups and jump squats, although many can be carried out as part of your daily routine, such as taking the stairs instead of the lift. 

And it's not all about sweat, blood and tears, with Hilditch recommending some lifestyle changes too. 

'A bottle of wine contains just over 600 calories and a pint of beer contains just over 150 calories,' he explains. 'Cutting them out for a month before you go on holiday can lead to significant weight loss.'

He also suggests reducing your carbohydrate intake (pasta, rice and potatoes).

To give you some inspiration, here are a few of the world's best beach destinations:

Mexico

Scorching temperatures, pure white sands and inviting waters teeming with whale sharks make the Cancun area of the Yucatan Peninsula a prime place for sun worshipping. 

Florida

The Gulf Coast of Florida is home to many of the USA's finest strips of sand, as voted for by respected authority Dr Stephen P Leatherman, a.k.a Dr Beach.

Thailand

Britain's favourite Far East destination boasts white sand, spectacular limestone karsts and pretty boats. ADNFCR-408-ID-801697321-ADNFCR

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