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5 Tips to Get You Closer to Your Spring Break Body

Spring Break is coming sooner than you think! Before you know it, you’ll be laying out on a beach somewhere warm, kicking it at home with your family, or going on an adventure with your friends. We all know what happens during winter break…the cold makes us lethargic and the holiday season comes with a large variety of unhealthy food. But, it’s not too late to drop those winter break pounds and get yourself in the spring break mind set. Here are some tips to help you get there:

 

Drink More Water

Drinking water helps you control your calories, keeps your skin clear, and gives your muscles more energy. On top of that, being adequately hydrated helps to make sure your kidneys are filtering the toxins that enter your body daily and your gastrointestinal tract is functioning well. The easiest way to keep your body healthy and happy is to simply drink water. Make sure to drink a glass of water with every meal or snack, and carry a water bottle with you to class and work.

Snack Healthy

Snacking, contrary to popular belief, is actually not bad for you. What’s bad for you, is constantly snacking on unhealthy items. Put some fruit in your backpack before heading out for the day, and when you feel like going to the vending machine between classes, eat your fruit instead. Some other healthy snack are nuts, yogurt, veggies with hummus, and salsa. Make sure to switch it up!

Exercise

This one is a no-brainer. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the average adult needs 150 minutes weekly of moderate activity. It is also helpful to couple aerobic activity with strength training. In general, aim for 30-45 minutes of moderate activity a day – anything that gets your heart pumping a little faster than the norm. Once you get into the habit of exercising daily, increasing the intensity is sure to aid weight loss and keep you healthy. Also, find yourself a workout buddy…it is often nice to have somebody with the same goals as you who can keep you accountable.

Do not skip meals, and get all your nutrients in

A lot of the time, skipping meals leads to over-eating, and it screws up your blood-sugar levels. When your glucose levels are lowered, you’re putting yourself in a lot of trouble. Eat every four hours or so, and make sure to incorporate a small snack.  Your diet needs to be regular in order to lose weight and maintain good health. It’s also important to make sure you’re incorporating all of your necessary nutrients. The food pyramid provides good, basic dietary guidance, and following it can hekp you improve your eating habits.

Don’t give up

In order to reach your goal, you must stick with it! Write your goals down, and make sure to re-visit them daily. Encourage yourself, and get your friends and family to encourage you too. Don’t just do it for spring break, do it for your overall well-being too!

Temi is a junior English major who loves programming with the University Program Board, competing on the Varsity Track and Field team, and being part of her wonderful sorority. She is a firm believer that the tongue is the strongest muscle in the body and language is the most powerful force in the universe.
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