Women's Dating

How to Get a Date-Ready Body

C. Price C. Price • 9/01/12

Mila Kunis. Katy Perry. Megan Fox. These are some of Maxim Magazine’s 2012 Hot 100 Women, and that’s a lot of pressure for a girl to keep up with.

And while appearance shouldn’t be the most important factor when it comes to dating, everyone still likes to look their best. But looking our best means we have to put in at least a little bit of effort, which usually consists of working out (ugh).

However, there are plenty of simple ways to get Olivia Wilde’s legs without spending every waking moment at the gym.

Vary it up.

Doing the same workout over and over again is the quickest way to lose motivation, and soon you will become bored and lose sight of your goal. Eventually your body will get used to the routine and you will stop seeing results, basically throwing away the last several months of hard work.

Mix up your workout routines by doing something different as often as you can. If you ran three miles on Monday, try taking a Tae Bo class on Wednesday and lifting weights on Friday. Alternating the way you exercise can actually make working out fun.

Pace yourself.

If you haven’t worked out in a while, don’t kill yourself to get a two-hour workout in every day. Instead of getting quick results, you will probably just injure yourself. Your body isn’t used to that kind of strain, so work up to it and increase the intensity when you’re comfortable.

Start with some light weights before you go for the 20-pound dumbbells, and get your heart used to working harder with just 20 minutes of cardio instead of jumping into an hour on the elliptical machine.

Some kind of physical activity is better than nothing, and even the smallest amount of exercise can make a difference. Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator and walking around your house every time you’re on the phone.

Workout and eat well.

Working out is important but you throw away that hour in the gym if you stuff your face with two slices of greasy pizza when you get home. Try the 80/20 approach. Eat well about 80 percent of the time and allow yourself a break every now and then so you don’t get burnt out.

Try to eat protein at every meal and nosh on healthy snacks throughout the day like nuts, fruits and veggies to get your metabolism revving.

Looking good on a date isn’t just about having a nice set of arms or toned abs. It’s about feeling good about yourself and comfortable in your skin. Simple changes really do produce noticeable results.

Try doing a little bit of exercise every day, and then continually increase the amount you do. You’ll be amazed at how much energy you have and how good you feel, which will also increase your drive to go out there and get more dates!