Getting into Spring Break Shape

by Molly Scott

On a mission.

Even though it feels like we just got back from winter break, spring break is less than 2 weeks away, and we all know how quickly the time passes here at Barnard. So, for those of us who are headed to a warm destination for the break, or who just want to tone up and slim down over the next few weeks, I’ve got some great tips for targeting those “spring break” problem areas.

The Tummy
Too many late night cookies from Hewitt can cause some serious belly fat to accumulate in a shockingly short period of time. Reverse this unsightly tummy bulge with a combo of cardio and ab work. The cardio will burn the fat, and the ab routine will show off a sweet six-pack (or just really nice mid-section toning). Start out with a 30-minute cardio routine (power walking, jogging, swimming, biking) at least 4 times a week. Then, try some of these rocking ab moves, minus the dreaded crunches.

Side Reach
 Stand with feet together, holding ends of one dumbbell (I’d use 5 or 8 pound weights) with both hands, arms extended overhead. Slowly lean to left (bend at waist) and hold for one count (10 seconds). Return to start. Repeat on right side to complete one rep. Do 5 reps.

• Standing Bicycle
Stand with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, hands clasped behind head and elbows pointed out to sides. Straighten left leg as you lift right leg, knee bent, thigh parallel to floor. Keeping knee lifted and steady, twist torso toward right. Return to start. Repeat on other side for one rep. Do 10 reps.

• Forward Bend
Stand with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, arms overhead with palms facing in. Lift right leg, knee bent, thigh parallel to floor. Keeping knee lifted and arms raised, bring torso and knee toward each other as close as you can. Return to start; switch sides and repeat for one rep. Do 10 reps.

The Tush and Thighs
Want a tighter bum and thighs? Just like with the abs, pair cardio with some of these moves.

But, actually.

• Leg Blaster
Start in a lunge with left foot forward, a weight in each hand at right hip. Bring weights to left shoulder, right arm parallel to floor, left arm bent at side. Push off right foot to stand, bringing it to meet left foot as you swing weights back to right hip. Return to start. Do three sets of 10 reps.

• Booty Firmer
Stand next to chair (or piece of gym equipment), holding the back with left hand, a weight in right hand at side; extend right leg behind you and bend forward. Keep chest up, but don’t arch back. Bend left knee, lowering weight toward floor, then straighten left knee for one rep. Do three sets of 10 reps.

• High Knees
Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms raised in front to shoulder level, palms down. Keeping torso tall and eyes forward, alternate hopping from one foot to the other, bringing one knee at a time in front of you to hip height and keeping it raised high for one count. Repeat for one minute, or 30 seconds if you’re a beginner.

Molly Scott is a sophomore at Barnard and Girl Talk editor for The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Exercises compiled from Self Magazine. Images courtesy of Max Updates and Quick Meme.

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