10 Easy Workout Tips
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10 Easy Workout Tips

Have your spring break body all year round

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10 Easy Workout Tips

It is vacation time for most people in college, and you are either working or just sitting at home doing nothing. It seems like during the school year, the gym is always packed with girls on treadmills and guys lifting dumbbells. Sometimes, during the summer we forget to workout, or eat healthy, and we gain excess weight.

Now, just because there isn't a gym near you doesn't mean you can't stay in shape. Legends say that former Hiesman Trophy winner, Herschel Walker, got his muscles from running, doing crunches and a ton of pushups every day. While it is just a myth, there is proof that just a few health tips can keep you in shape this summer. So here are 10 easy workouts you can do daily that will keep the weight off and keep you feeling healthy all summer long.

1. Stretch daily.

Something as easy as just stretching every day can help keep excess weight off around your lower stomach, hips and thighs. Stretching not only loosens up your body for quick workouts, but it also makes you feel more relaxed and less stressed throughout your day. Plus, stress eating is one of the main ways we gain excess weight.

Try these exercises to get ready for your day:

Cross arms.

Toe touches.

Bent elbows.

Back openers.

Sun raisers.

Upward dog.


2. Go running.

Something as easy as running a mile a day can help you burn calories in an instant. Running is one of the easiest ways to help you burn fat, and in the summer, it is an easy breeze. I doubt I have to explain how to run, but just make sure you run at least one mile a day, if not more. Not only will it make your legs stronger, it will also take off excess weight from your lower stomach and face -- yes, your face. Also a quick tip,:if you can handle the heat, run in black. Black clothing absorbs heat and will make you burn calories a lot quicker than any other color.

3. Push-ups.

Pushups will help build up your shoulders, chest, neck and back. Make sure you stay at the 90 degree angle and keep your elbows in, going all the way down to the ground. For first timers, try 10 sets of 10 push-ups daily, and add up from there. For more experienced junkies, try 12 sets of 25 daily, but make sure you only count the ones that you go down all the way. It is a simple exercise to help build your muscles.

4. Sit-ups.

Sit-ups help burn belly fat and strengthen your core muscles. You do have to do a lot of these to see results, but something as easy as 100-a-day could help you lose up to 10 pounds in a month. Make sure your feet are firmly planted, and you bring your body all the way to your knees. Like the sit-ups, try 10 sets of 10 and continue to add on from there. If you drink water while doing this, you are sure to sweat more, and it will help you lose more weight in less time.

5. Yoga.

Yoga is like stretching, but for an hour. An hour of yoga a day can help you burn calories and help you become a bit more flexible. Positions like downward dog, rising sun and happy baby may sound funny, but they can be excruciating if done incorrectly. As long as you have a smartphone or tablet, download the Sworkit app and they will teach you everything you need to know. Remember, one hour daily can be the difference of a tense body and a flexible one.

6. Crunches.

Like sit-ups, crunches will allow you to burn off lower belly fat at a high-metabolized rate. Make sure your feet are raised to lower your stomach, and your elbows are locked in tight behind your head. Only count the reps that you actually touch your elbows to your knees and repeat this daily. Like sit-ups, this will slowly burn off belly fat and you will have to do a lot of reps to see results, but at least you won't spend money at a gym doing the same thing for free.

7. Bike riding.

Bike riding is one of the less well-known ways of burning weight. It is almost like running, but your sitting and moving a lot faster than running. All you need is a bike and a place to ride. If you ride a bike anywhere between five to 20 miles, you will not only strengthen your legs and core muscles, your cardio rate will exceed almost 20 percent. Plus, who doesn't like riding bikes on a sunny day?

8. Eat more meals, less amount.

One of the biggest issues we have with obesity is we starve ourselves during the day, and then pig out. A really simple way to change up your dietary needs is to eat four to six times daily, but in small portions. Something like two eggs for breakfast and a 10 a.m. banana will make you less hungry around lunch time, and will keep more money in your pocket, as well. Eating healthy snacks during the day is not cheating any diet, and they help your cravings for greasy, large amounts of food.

9. Switch one meal a day with green.

The fact of the matter is, you need to add nutrients to your diet. Green machines (celery, kale, broccoli, apples) will give your body the nutrients you lose during the day. Switching out a burger at lunch for a chicken salad is one helathy way to get those greens, and add protein at the same time.

10. Download the Sworkit app.

Maybe you can't give up fast food, or you don't feel like running. No worries, you can still stay in shape this summer. Download the new app, Sworkit -- a multi-positional app that allows it's viewers to work out in stretching, cardio, yoga, piltates and much much more. On top of that, Sworkit allows you to work out as much, or as little you want daily by setting a timer to your phone. What's not to love about it?!

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