We’re in the double digit countdown until Memorial Day—which means it’s time to get serious about getting in shape. So, what workouts and diet plans will help you truly achieve the beach body of your dreams by summer? We surveyed six wellness and fitness pros in the Hamptons to find out:
“Get outdoors and connect with the elements at least once a week. Make it a walk, run, or hike—make sure you do as much fitness outside to get your body and mind ready for summer!” 219 Three Mile Harbor Hog Creek Road, East Hampton, 329-2999
“To get back into shape for summer, amp up your yoga routine! The winter months are more conducive to quieting and internal poses, forward bends and restorative yoga, but spring is the time to detox, cleanse, purify, and get moving! Use Ujjayi breath to stoke your digestive fire and create more internal heat, and flow from pose to pose (think sun salutations) for a minimum of 20-30 minutes before slowing things down and holding postures.” 15 Lumber Lane, East Hampton, 917-301-6919
“Nothing compares to the dramatic fitness results you achieve from high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Whether you’re hitting the treadmill, pavement, pool, or bike, it’s best to alternate shorts bursts of intensity that elevate your heart rate, followed by brief recovery periods. I recommend that all of my clients wear heart rate monitors to help track exertion. This type of training alone will increase fat loss and muscle production. And taking your workouts outside among the elements will give you an additional mental and physical boost you won’t find in the gym.” 680-3000
“Don't starve, don't do anything unsustainable. Weigh yourself every a.m., plus prior to dinner. Don't do juices, eat two proteins a day and no more than 20 grams per serving, eat vegetables, eat one fruit, and be sure you get in complex carbs not only from vegetables but at least a sweet potato or a half cup brown rice. Never skip breakfast—a Thomas light 100 calories/7 grams fiber English muffin is ideal for breakfast. Your workout is not enough—take a total of at least 16,000 steps per day and aim to have at least 4,000-8,000 steps from quality cardio, not just walking.” 60 Windmill Lane, Southampton, 315-955-6989; 980 Madison Ave., New York, 866-500-1909
Cofounder Olga Palladino powers up for spring in the Loft at Five Pillars Yoga.
“Top yoga trick for getting in shape fast? Lunge every single day. This powerful posture tones legs and hips, strengthens core, works the arms, and it’s even a fat-blasting cardiovascular challenge! Practice this total-body workout three times on each side, holding first for 30 seconds each and working up to 60 or 90 seconds. Tuck the toes and extend the back heel to make this pose more difficult, or your hands in prayer at the center of the chest or hands interlaced behind the head are easier modifications.” 724 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, 212-426-6111
“In order to get in your best shape and feel healthy and strong, I suggest two things: 1) get serious about your diet and drop the alcohol, and 2) combine strength training and cardio to see maximum results quickly and safely. Your body will thank you for it!” 352 Montauk Hwy., Wainscott, 537-2668