05/04/2014 01:04 pm ET Updated Jul 02, 2014

The Best Tips to Get You Fit for Summer Fast

It always sneaks up on you; one minute you're surrounded by chocolates on Valentine's Day, then before you can say "I'm going on a diet" you're suddenly accepting invites to beach barbecues and pool parties.

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Only, you're not quite looking forward to slipping into your swimwear just yet, because as of late you've neglected your diet and exchanged time spent exercising with after-work happy hours and decadent weekend brunches. As a result, you're feeling a bit... fluffy.

The Best Tips to Get You Fit for Summer Fast

But summer is calling, and you want to get fit and you want to do it fast. You've searched through Google for juice cleanses and promised yourself that you'd work out every single day from now until you finally feel confident enough to hangout by the beach in your favorite bathing suit.

Here's the thing, though; first of all, aside from yourself no one is that worried about how you look in a bathing suit. Second of all, even with that being said, you probably still want to get fit for summer (which is great, because getting fit means getting healthy), and the good news is that you don't have to start a four-week-long detox or exercise for hours on end every single day to get there.

We talked to a handful of fitness professionals from all over the country to find out their best "get fit quick" tips. But before we share them with you, remember one thing: there are no shortcuts when it comes to getting healthy and fit. If you want results, you have to put in the work. It won't be easy (nothing worth accomplishing ever is) but it will be worth it.

"Expect it to be hard," says certified personal trainer Matt Fellows. "Hard work is where real results are made, and many people will be surprised at just how much they can actually do."

These expert tips will help you learn how to maximize your calorie burn, clean up your diet and make the most of every day from now until it's time to start lounging by the pool. Oh, and before you start your quest for a buff beach body, don't forget: getting fit means getting healthy, so make a vow to commit to these tips for life and come this time next year you'll be ready for the beach without having to put in any extra work.

-- Katie Rosenbrock, The Active Times

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