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How to Get Your "Dream Body by Summer," Says Maia Henry 

Here are her lifestyle tips.
FACT CHECKED BY Christopher Roback

Getting into shape in time for summer –  less than three months away – might seem unrealistic. However, according to a fitness pro and Instagram influencer, it's actually quite simple. Maia Henry, aka Move with Maia, is famous for sharing everything from diet tips to workouts with her hundreds of thousands of followers. In a recent post, she breaks down a few simple ways you can achieve your "dream body by summer." 

Strength Training, 3X Per Week

First, she says to start by strength training three days a week. According to the Mayo Clinic, strength and weight training help reduce body fat, preserve and increase lean muscle mass, and burn calories more efficiently. Strength training may also help you:

  • Develop strong bones
  • Manage your weight
  • Enhance your quality of life
  • Manage chronic conditions
  • Sharpen your thinking skills

Pilates, 2X Per Week

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Next, she recommends doing Pilates two days a week. Why is Pilates a good workout? According to the Mayo Clinic there are lots of benefits to the workout, as it "strengthens the body's inner core while increasing its flexibility resulting in improved overall health. It can also promote longer, leaner muscles, injury prevention, relief from stress and back pain, enhanced athletic performance, and heightened mind-body awareness.

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15-3-15 Treadmill Workout, 5X Per Week


Now, it's time for cardio. Get on the treadmill five times a week and do a 15-3-15 – walking for 15 minutes at a 15 incline and speed of 3, encourages Maia. 

Stay in a Caloric Deficit

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When it comes to diet, it's simple: Maintain a caloric deficit diet, she says. Also, "no sweets after 8." A caloric deficit simply means that in order to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume. To determine your needs, use a calorie calculator

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Hydration Plus No Booze

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Finally, hydration is key, she says. She recommends drinking a gallon of water per day. And, when it comes to booze,  only one day of drinking alcohol per week. While exact hydration needs depend on everything from activity level to height and weight, the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine estimates that men should drink about 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day and women about 11.5 cups (2.7 liters). 

💪🔥Body Booster: If you want to burn more fat by walking and aren't a fan of speed walking, up your incline and decrease the speed – you will burn just as much, if not more, fat by walking on an incline that speed walking on a flat surface. 

Leah Groth
Leah Groth has decades of experience covering all things health, wellness and fitness related. Read more