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Ways to start getting your body beach ready for a Summer Vacation

Ways to start getting your body beach ready for a Summer Vacation

If you are like the majority of Americans, you recently made a New Year's Resolution to lose weight and get in shape when the calendar struck 2015. And if you are like most of those Americans, you have probably broken those vows, or at least bent them a bit.

No judgment here; it's hard to stay motivated when the sun goes down before you get home from work and the temperature drops like a frozen rock. It's too cold to go to the gym, much less for a jog around the block, and the tredmill makes you feel like a hamster in a cage. Meanwhile, your bathing suit is taunting you from the closet corner.

Never fear, Compass Cove friends. We've devised the perfect plan to help get you off that couch and on that StairMaster. You can call it Myrtle-robics or Beach-ercise; we call it getting your mind focused on your Myrtle Beach vacation and your body right for that swimsuit. Here are five ways to work out while your mind wonders to Myrtle Beach:

* Go for a walk on the beach. No, not when you arrive on vacation, but a mental stroll along the Grand Strand's sunny and sandy seashore. In reality, it's a simple walk around the block in freezing temperatures while wearing a hoodie and sweatpants. But in your mind, you are strolling down the beach, ocean breeze blowing through your hair, wearing only a swimsuit and shades. Those miserable faces you pass on the street are supermodels at the beach, and the sounds of speeding cars are really crashing waves running over your feet. Snow? That white stuff is actually sand. Just keep telling yourself that you are on your Myrtle Beach vacation and the miles will melt away.

* Go for a swim. OK, so it's way to cold for a dip in a lake or a creek, or even the ocean, for that matter. But swimming is one of the most effective ways to get in shape without having to go cross-country skiing in the Arctic. If you have access to an indoor pool (by the way, snow birds, Compass Cove has indoor as well as outdoor pools, hot tubs, waterslides and other aquatic features), pretend you are swimming in the warm summer waters of the Atlantic Ocean, riding the waves and splashing in the surf. After a brisk workout, relax and let your mind drift down the Compass Cove's lazy river.

* Eating right is an important part of dropping a few pounds, but that doesn't mean your mind can't chow down. Instead of having that skimpy salad for dinner, imagine you are seated at one of Myrtle Beach's many seafood buffets. Those carrot sticks are actually crab legs, the salad dressing is she-crab soup and the crispy croutons are Calabash-style hushpuppies hot out of the deep-fat fryer and slathered with melting butter.

* Juicing is the latest health-food craze, and Compass Cove puts its own spin on the fad with its own goodness from the blender. Pretend that glass of vegetable puree is really a frozen drink from the Crow's Nest Beach Bar, complete with slices of fresh fruit and a tiny umbrella. The spinach and kale blend is a margarita on the rocks, the carrot juice is a pina coloda, and the ice water you use to wash it all down is really an ice-cold beer after a long day at the beach. Cheers!

* If all of the above fail, just check in to Compass Cove and start your vacation early. There’s nothing like a trip to the beach to get your body and mind beach-ready.

 

(Posted: 1/12/15)

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