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FITNESS GOOP: Get fit for life, not just swimsuit season

Opting for a real, live cashier instead of self-check out at the grocery store on a quiet, Canucks-are-in-the-playoffs shopping night gave me time to glance at the self-defeating headlines in the magazine rack that I normally tend to avoid.
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Opting for a real, live cashier instead of self-check out at the grocery store on a quiet, Canucks-are-in-the-playoffs shopping night gave me time to glance at the self-defeating headlines in the magazine rack that I normally tend to avoid.

One promises rock-hard abs for summer by following seven easy rules. I think Id rather the flab-free thighs in five minutes a day.

There is so much hope in those headlines: Maybe this will be the year I can allow myself to slouch a little in a two-piece bathing suit without developing horizontal tan lines in the creases of my tummy. But should that be the ultimate goal? No way! You deserve more.

Long-term health and wellness comes from doing everything in moderation. You deserve to experience passing seasons without dread and fear. You deserve to love and appreciate your body, instead of seeing it as a problem you have to solve before the temperature rises and bathing suit season begins.

Summer is coming. But dont panic, and stop punishing yourself for past indulgences. We look at ourselves most critically. The truth is nobody really cares if parts of your belly cast a shadow on other parts of your body at least the important people dont.

The important people in your life care that your heart is healthy from a varied diet and regular exercise. The important people want you to be there for lots of birthdays while enjoying the cake too.

Resist the headlines as summer inches closer and the Canucks continue to make for short lineups at the grocery store.

Create your own bulleted salvation by jotting down the five things for which you are most grateful every day. Commit to follow simple rules that will make you feel better and enliven your body, such as staying hydrated and stretching.

And if all else fails, buy a one-piece.

Jamie Schaab for FitnessGoop.com