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5 Ways To Shape Up For Spring

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Darlene Megino BookRenter Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

It looks like winter is finally coming to its end. Now it’s time to get back into shape after hibernating all winter. Don’t fret! Getting in doesn’t have to require a gym or an entirely new health routine. Here are five easy ways to get yourself into shape just in time for spring!

1. Stair Master

A simple way to exercise those muscles is to avoid elevators and escalators (if possible) and take the stairs instead. Make this a daily task and each day climb the stairs faster, eventually to the point of sprinting. Get that heartbeat up! If you don’t frequently visit places with stairs, then go somewhere that has them, like to a nearby mall or parking garage. If you climb up and down the stairs for at least 30 minutes, you will definitely be sweating by the end of it!

2. Water Jug Lifts

Have some empty milk gallons or water jugs lying around? Fill them up with water and you’ve got your very own homemade weights. Do about 10 reps and 3-4 sets of curls, and you’ll feel the burn! You can definitely do other arm workouts using water/milk gallons as weights too. This work out is quick and is sure to get great results!

3. At Home Work Outs

Don’t have the time to head out to the gym for a quick workout? No problem! If you have 20 minutes to spare, then this is the workout to help you get into shape! Repeat this circuit workout as many time as possible within a 20 minute period. This is actually one of my favorite at home workouts! You will definitely feel the burn and will sweat up a storm. This full body workout will have you looking and feeling great, just in time for spring!

4. Park Exercise

With spring comes more sun! With longer days, take advantage of local parks for some outdoor exercise. Try to follow the above park workout for some quick and fun physical activity. It’s more fun if you bring a friend! I know some people still have plenty of snow outside and going to a park may not be an easy option, but even some outdoor exercises such as biking, running, or even walking is much better than just sitting at home on the couch.

5. Just Juice It

Juicing is a great way to detox, get nutrients into your body, and get a big boost of energy. I suggest juicing your own juices, rather than purchasing them from a store, because this way you can choose and know exactly what you are drinking, without a lot of sugar and/or preservatives. Juicing is a great way to get into shape without having to even hit the gym. It’s also a perfect on-the-go meal on your way to class or work. There’s tons of recipes to choose from, varying from detox juices, weight loss juices, or to just yummy juices!

You don’t have to go overboard with dieting and exercise to shape up for the new season. Just try some (or all) of these ideas! These small changes can make a big difference and you’ll be ready for spring in no time!

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Starting A New Exercise Routine

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Bailey Buckingham BookRenter Blogger Biography

It’s always difficult to start a new exercise routine. Especially with the pressure of welcoming in a new year. Every year I feel like I say I’m going to start being healthier, and exercise every day, but now that I’m older, I’ve realized more and more than I do not like traditional exercises. It’s very hard for me to be motivated because I don’t like lifting weights, and I definitely do not like running. There are a few ways that I’ve kept myself motivated and on the right track, that are easy to implement into your everyday life!

1. Figure Out What You Like

I got a cheap pass at my local gym that allowed me to try out all of the different kinds of group classes. It was a great experience because I found out some exercises that I never would have thought of that I absolutely love now. My new favorites are hot yoga, spin class, and boxing! This makes it so much easier for me to want to go to the gym because it is so much fun!

2. Get A Gym Buddy

I have a co-worker that has been struggling to lose weight, just like me. We decided to start exercising and start going to the gym together! Not only do we go to group classes together now, but we also split the cost for a personal trainer! This makes it easier on our wallets, and we have each other to make sure we commit to our routine.

3. Find Discounts

Websites like Groupon and Living Social are my favorite because they have major discounts for awesome activities. I have been using Groupon a lot lately and I’ve been able to go on a lot of adventures, that are a twist on exercise. I’ve gone on a group rock climb, a white water rafting trip, and hot yoga for a month for only $20!

My best advice is to try several different forms of exercise to figure out what you like the best, even if it’s just dancing for an hour every night! You’re burning calories and doing something that you love. It’s not about forcing yourself to exercise, it’s about changing your lifestyle to be more physically active, which you can’t do unless it’s something you enjoy!

Good luck!

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Getting Fit On A Budget

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Darlene Megino BookRenter Blogger Biography

Looking to get healthy but don’t know how? Or are you looking to get a good workout in to lose a couple of pounds before the holidays without spending money on DVDs and gym memberships? If you’re looking to shed some weight and tone up, here are some fun, easy, and free workouts you can do!

1. YouTube Videos

Who needs workout DVDs when you can get a great workout from videos on YouTube? Whatever your fitness level is, there are videos that can help you get into shape. Whether you’re looking to shed weight or tone up, the variety of videos are nearly endless.

2. The Prison Workout

These workouts can be done in small spaces such as a dorm room or apartment. Like the conditions of a prison, you have don’t need much room and you only need to use your body to tone up. The workouts are based on repetition and your body’s weight. If you follow this workout, you will definitely get stronger and more toned!

3. Running Apps

Running is one of the best ways to get into shape! If you’re a beginner and need a push to start running, there are many apps (most are free) that you can download to your phone to help push you. It has set running schedules made to push you into running harder and faster. These apps are like having your own personal trainer. It will tell you when to run, rest, and even push you to run faster. There is a variety of apps ranging from beginner runners to more advanced runners. Whichever level you are at, these apps can definitely give you a great workout.

These are great ways to kick-start getting towards a healthier you! If these workouts aren’t enough, many colleges have gyms included in their student fees and tuitions. If you’re looking to get fit, you can definitely take advantage of working out at your school’s gym. If you need more help or tips in getting fit, you can also inquire about personal training sessions. A great tip I can give is, ask friends who are into fitness for tips on how to get fit. Most times, they’re willing to help whip you into shape for free!

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4 Ways To Workout In Your Dorm

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For college students, between papers, study groups, and finals, pretty much all of our time is dedicated to school. When we do get a free moment, it’s not enough time to get ourselves to a gym. Luckily, there are a few techniques you can do in the privacy of your dorm room or apartment that will get you some kind of workout benefit without having to dedicate a lot of time going to a gym.

1. Weights

Go to the nearest sports store or even Target or Walmart and pick up a few free weights. If you haven’t been a regular weight lifter, you may want to start out with light weights. Use the weights two or three times a day and do 3 sets of 10. You can even do it while studying or watching TV! It doesn’t take very long and you’ll see results fairly quickly.

2. Resistance Bands

You can do lunges, plieés, or any other type of exercise you can think of with resistance bands, which improve strength and balance. Pick one up at Target from anywhere between $10-$20 and look up some workouts on YouTube.

3. Video Workouts

Google is your best friend when it comes to dance routines, pilatés stretches, or anything else that will get your body up and moving. Even just turning on the stereo for 15 minutes and dancing your heart out will give you a nice workout.

4. Use Your Furniture

Sit on the edge of your bed with your hands on the bed at your hips. Scoot your bottom off the bed and bend your elbows to lower your body a few inches. You can also use your desk to do standing push-ups. Put your hands on the edge of the desk about shoulder-width apart. Bending your elbows, lower your upper body down until you’re about six inches from the desk. Push back up. Do 3 sets of 10 for both. Get creative for other workouts!

When it comes to working out, find something that is fun so getting a workout in is not a chore or something you dread. See if your roommate will do the workouts with you! You can motivate each other and reward yourselves at the end of each week for keeping to your routine.

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Alternative Workouts: No Gym Required

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One of the best things about being a student in college is getting free access to a recreation center with all of the treadmills, ellipticals, but what about when you go home for the summer and you can no longer access the gym? Not to worry! There are a ton of ways to get a great workout without ever setting foot in a gym.

1. Ultimate Frisbee

Get your friends together for a giant game of Ultimate Frisbee or Capture the Flag. It’s amazing how much fun doing sprint intervals can be when you have a flag in your hand and a bunch of people chasing you.

2. Hiking

There is a mountain, or at least a large hill, in every town. Climb it! Extra points for jogging at least part of it and snapping an Instagram of the view from the top (you know you’re going to).

3. Inspiration

Look up sample workouts on Pinterest. Not only does Pinterest have inspiring workout quotes and pictures of ripped fitness models to get you motivated, it has an unlimited supply of sample workouts. Want to tone those abs? There’s probably a thousand ways on Pinterest. Want to target those inner thighs? Same deal. Be careful, though, because Pinterest also has food ideas that can undo that workout in a heartbeat (case in point, I just re-pinned a recipe for “S’mores Cookie Brownie Bites. Goodbye, abs).

4. Jogging Date

Have a jogging catch-up date with a friend. I hate having sit-down conversations with people, so I always suggest jogging instead of coffee. Not only do you get to catch up with a friend, your endorphins make small talk so much easier. And it is completely normal to have awkward pauses while you both huff and puff up a hill.

5. Biking

I always forget how much I love biking until I actually do it, then I start pedaling and I get flashbacks to kindergarten and I fall in love all over again! Plus, riding your bike to work or the store is a great way to burn those extra calories (and save on gas).

6. Swimming

Find a pool or lake. Whether you do lap swimming or play Marco Polo, it’s a great place to get a great workout and a tan.

You don’t have to go to a gym to exercise. Just get creative and you can work out anywhere! What are some of your favorite ways to get fit?

 

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