Devote your weekdays to a short workout
We know it’s easy-living season, but carve out just 40 minutes Monday through Friday for sweat. A review of studies in the journal Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases shows that you need a minimum of 200 to 250 minutes of moderate physical activity per week to maintain weight loss. “The research suggests that when it comes to weight maintenance, the more physical activity the better,” says review author Damon Swift, Ph.D. So if you plan to spend your weekends parked on a deck chair by the pool, designate Saturday and Sunday as your rest days during the summer. That way, you’ll have five days of exercise under your belt by the time you hit the weekend. The same principle applies to your diet: “During the week, try to stay in and cook your meals, and try to be the healthiest version of yourself,” Gans says.