Spring is here, meaning it's almost time for short-shorts and bikinis. If you've been working hard to get rock-hard abs but still have a few pounds to go, it might be nice to learn there are a few tricks that could help those pounds fall off - without even hitting the gym. Woman's Day magazine recently listed the best ways to lower that number on the scale in a flash.

Boost your metabolism

Perhaps one of the best ways to shrink your waist is to improve the speed of your metabolism. The experts at the magazine report there are a few options for giving yours a boost now. Starting with specific foods in the morning is the first step - opt to indulge in 2 cooked eggs made with olive oil, or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter on whole-wheat toast to kick-start your metabolism.

Drinking plenty of cold water has also been found to speed up metabolism, so drinking plenty of this liquid is a must. Plus, your skin will benefit from the H2O - helping keep wrinkles and fine lines at bay. Adding plenty of spice to any of your meals has also been found to boost metabolism, meaning flavor should be your new best friend.

Fun activities to try

You might assume that heading to the gym for daily workouts is the best and perhaps the only way to truly break a sweat and see inches come off. However, there are plenty of other activities out there that offer the benefits of the gym without its confinements.

Woman's Day suggests ladies looking to get fit try shopping at the mall for at least an hour - doing so equals 200 calories. Other options include bowling for at least 45 minutes (200 calories) and playing ping-pong for 35 minutes (200 calories). Talking to a friend on the phone for 45 minutes while standing results in 100 burned calories, while ice skating for just 15 minutes boasts the same.

Get a boost with products

If you're still struggling to tighten up your abs or get rid of cellulite on your thighs, it might be time to bring in the big guns - body improving products. Using a body brush for cellulite like the Elemis Body Brush can help increase circulation to trouble areas, helping to diminish the appearance of cellulite.


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