When it comes down to it, we tend to focus more on the weight-loss benefits of running and aerobics as opposed to lifting weights. This lends itself to an under-developed upper body, which could be totally toned and tight if we simply added in some resistance exercises just two to three times a week!
Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday I wake up and head to the gym. (OK, so sometimes those Sunday morning workouts don't happen, but I digress....) Sometimes, I will take a class or meet with a Pilates instructor. Usually, however, I hop onto the elliptical, set my iPOD to F-U-N and set myself up for a 45 minute cardio challenge.
I get it. Trust me, I get it. It’s getting nice out and the last thing you want to do is spend an hour or two inside the gym. Who wants to sweat indoors when eating ice-cream by the lake is so much more appealing (and yummy?) But on the flip side, you'll be donning a bikini before you know it (like, ahem, next week) and you want to look h-o-t.
So Spring Break is coming. That means it's time to strip off all those layers and see what your body's been up to during this long, brutal winter. Not happy with what you see? Welcome to the club. But what the hell are you supposed to do about the extra flub on your midsection when your flight to Panama City takes off in just 10 days?!
• Conan and Jay turn on each other. • Zac and Vanessa are growing up. • 9 guys everyone should avoid. • Vacancies at the Playboy mansion. • Disturbing things we do for beauty. • It's time to start lifting weights, ladies!
We all love to talk about metabolism. A lot. Some of us love it (like that girl who never goes to the gym and eats french fries for every meal and somehow still wears a size 00) and some of us hate it (when we eat an apple and our thighs starts rubbing together). But does anyone really know what metabolism is or how it works?
If magazines like Women's Health or Fitness are considered a part of your required monthly reading, you have probably learned that switching up your workout routine is vital. In addition to being a surefire way to speed up weight loss by ensuring that you'll burn more calories, varying the things you do at the gym will ensure that your body is up for any challenge.
Between classes, clubs, and work, my days start early and end really, really late. My stress levels are so high it's no surprise I often choose ice cream over vegetables and Degrassi (shh, don't tell!) over gymming it up. So when I do finally muster up the energy to make it to the gym I know I have to make it count.
Typically, the weight room on college campuses is the “man’s domain” (as we control the cardio machine kingdom), so walking in there - never-mind actually using different machines while frat guys look on with tongues hanging out - seems less than appealing for many women. You think I'm gonna do some squats while that meat head looks on? No thank you.
Between the nightly orders of cheese fries and the daily “I’m too tired/busy/stressed/wrapped up in this Friends marathon to go to the gym” you’ve let yourself go. And based on how much work it takes to get those bootcuts over your thighs, it’s all beginning to catch up with you. So when Sunday rolls around you put your (chubby) foot down and decide it’s time to get back in gear.
Do you ever look at pictures in Shape or Self magazine and wonder how the models get their perfect bodies? Well, most likely they have been Photoshopped to perfection, but in real life, they are not far from it.
The sun is shining, the breeze is warm and Spring is in full swing. Who wants to waste such a beautiful day slaving away on a treadmill indoors? Research shows that sharing your sweat session with Mother Nature decreases your stress levels and ups your calorie burn due to the varied terrain and fluctuating temperatures. It's time to lace up your Nikes and head to the nearest park.
To celebrate the wonderful season of blooming flowers, running outside, and the warm weather, get started on that bikini body with a circuit workout: Spring Into Swimsuit Shape!
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