The beginning of a new semester is a great time to get fit. With spring break on the horizon, this is prime time for collegiettes to be hitting the gym. With less than two months separating you and your bikini, it’s important to make the most of your workouts in order to see results. I’m no expert, but tweaking my workouts and my diet has helped me see huge improvements. These changes could be the very thing that helps you see the results you’ve been working for!
At the Gym
If you’re already a regular at the gym, good for you! But if you’re still struggling to get the body you want, you might not be making the most of your time there. Here are some tips for taking your gym time to the next level.
Try something new
It can be easy sticking to the same old gym routine, but try switching it up. If you’re an elliptical girl, try running on the treadmill or vice versa. If you’ve always been timid to use the weight machines, find some courage and go for it!
Check your form
Doing lots of cool, new exercises is a waste of time if you aren’t doing them correctly. If you’re embarrassed to try something new at the gym, try it out at home first, or bring a gym buddy to check your form.
Try adding weights to your regular workouts. If you normally do basic squats, try using a barbell for an extra challenge. Using a medicine ball for your ab exercises can help you further engage your core.
Use heavier weights
I’m not talking any heavy lifting, but even slightly increasing the amount of weight that your normally use will help you see results. Besides, lifting doesn’t make you bulky, eating too much unhealthy food does.
In the Kitchen
Figuring out what works for you in the gym is only half the battle. Eating a healthy, balanced diet is equally, if not more, important. Try these simple tips to be as on top of your game in the kitchen as you are in the gym.
Eat enough protein
When relying on campus food or cooking for yourself, getting enough protein in your diet can be hard. Protein helps you build lean muscle while keeping you fuller, longer. Try keeping pre-made grilled chicken on hand to add to salads and wraps and use protein powder to make your smoothies more filling.
Know where your calories come from
I’m not one to count calories, but it is very important to know where yours are coming from. If you find yourself drinking most of your calories, swap your latte, juice or soda for water. Mindlessly snacking can add up to. Swap your chips for crunchy veggies. Easy!
There are two types of people in the world: those that eat pizza, and those who don’t. It’s all about moderation. Indulge in a slice every now and then. If you have a sweet tooth, find a treat that satisfies it without going overboard.