It’s that time of the year again.The weather is beginning to warm up, spring break is right around the corner and our New Year’s Resolutions may seem to become a bit more distant on our priority lists. With a combination of classes, midterms, interviews and those unpleasant group projects taking up all of your time outside of your best friend’s birthday, Margi Gras parties and school basketball games– where on earth do you find time to keep your body in check? As a crazy multi-tasker myself, I tend to find myself in the same predicament, especially during this time of the year. But relax, there is a solution! There are numerous easy, quick and effective ways to get yourself bathing suit ready for your upcoming trips down south. Each of these simple exercises can be implicated in your living room, bedroom or even dorm room, so you don’t have to take that trip to the local gym.
For starters, always be sure to warm up your body to get it ready for the exercises. While a quick campus run would be ideal, a busy college schedule may not allow enough time for this. Instead, loosen up your muscles with 60 jumping jacks or 60 seconds of high knees.
After you’re warmed up, start with a few squats. Squats are a great go-to move for anyone because they engage more muscles than any other move. Squats work the thighs (quads, hamstrings, outer thighs), glutes, and core (abdominals and the muscles that support your spine). Try doing 2-3 sets of 8 repetitions. Want more of a challenge? Add dumbbells or a bar with a manageable weight!
Following the focus on your legs, work out your arms with the following exercises. Start with an arm extension to work out your biceps and shoulders (first picture). Then, with your palms facing away from your body, try out some curls (second picture). When you’re finished with the bicep curls, conclude your arm workout with dumbbell lateral raises (third picture). For each of these exercises, complete 2-4 sets of 6 repetitions. Remember to keep the weight of the dumbbell in mind. Feel free to exchange the weights if you don’t feel comfortable. Also, if you don’t any dumbbells, use a full water bottle or soup can as a replacement.
Finish your quick exercises with some abs. Switch back and forth, reaching your left elbow to your right knee and vice versa. Depending on your preference, complete 20-50 on each leg for a great workout!
Don’t forget to cool down with a little stretching!
Hint: To get a similar look to my fitness model, check out Victoria’s Secret for cute and functional workout wear. Their PINK line even has apparel to help you rep your school. Aside from her outfit, check out Nike at local retailers for workout shoes.
Kim is currently a senior at Indiana University in Bloomington, studying Apparel Merchandising with a minor in Business. Originally from Northern Virginia, she came to IU with a curious mind and a love for fashion. Aside from Rent the Runway, she is also a Style Guru for CollegeFashonista.com and is working on her own blog to expand her experience. She hopes to reside in NYC one day to continue her passion for fashion. Stay tuned!
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