How To Have A Quick Workout That Will Make You Feel The Burn In Under An Hour This Summer

How To Have A Quick Workout That Will Make You Feel The Burn In Under An Hour This Summer

You know you'd rather be on a pool float than an exercise ball.


If you're going to be eating ice cream and margaritas 4 out of 7 days a week in summer, you have to keep grinding at the gym.

And luckily that doesn't mean you have to waste 45 minutes of valuable tanning time on the elliptical watching the news that they always have on TVs in the gym. But you have to get moving if you want to feel and look your best in the Snapchats you send from the beach. Let's face it, spin and hot yoga classes are no one's priority in the summer!

First things first, you're going to want to ditch "leg day." It's much quicker to combine the most effective workouts from several different muscle groups. And there you have it, the secret to walking into the gym, sweating up a storm, then heading to the pool is as simple as circuit training!

In circuit training, each move is done back to back, then you rest for about a minute and repeat for however many sets you want to do - they are quick and, more importantly, effective for getting your heart rate up and sweat dripping! You should strive for 3 sets at least, but if you have a bit of extra time then strive for five sets.

And I have to mention the number one way to stay lean which is high-intensity interval training, or HIIT. Using a stationary bike, elliptical machine, or treadmill, you go as hard as you can for 30 seconds, go at a normal pace for 30 seconds, and repeat however many times you want. Boom, you burned calories, time to celebrate! If you look on Instagram or Pinterest, you can find so many accounts that have circuit plans like this.

Oh, and you think a vacation is an excuse to skip the gym? Wrong. Even if the hotel gym only has about 4 sets of dumbbells and one treadmill, you can have a successful sweat sesh. But remember not to push yourself, and obviously, if you've got a body and you've got a bikini, you have yourself a bikini body.

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65 Truths College Students Need to Hear Right Now

Truth every college student needs to hear.

1. The best memories are ones you actually can remember.

2. God isn’t going to ask you if you were in a top-tier sorority or fraternity at the gates.

3. You failed a test, not your life.

4. Numbers don’t define you.

5. That includes the number you see that is your grade.

6. Also, how much you weigh.

7. As well as if you are a “7/10” on a so-called “hot scale.”

8. Or if you can bench press 200 lbs. (@ all the guys at the gym, please chill.)

SEE ALSO: 7 Reminders Every College Student Needs To Hear Before The Semester Ends

9. Innocence is nothing to be ashamed of.

10. Neither are mistakes.

11. But learn from your mistakes. Mistakes can be lessons, which can be the biggest blessing.

12. Your metabolism isn’t what it used to be and that is okay.

13. You may not always understand what God is doing, but I promise He has a plan.

14. Every person you meet is battling their own struggles.

15. Life isn’t always great moments.

16. But you have to walk through the forest to get to the mountain top.

17. Your heart isn’t damaged. It is temporarily broken but it will be fixed.

18. However, the only one who can fix a broken heart is the one who created it.

19. So a cute boy or hot girl can’t put the pieces back together.

20. Neither can ice cream.

21. But ice cream can totally help.

22. Stop texting your ex. He/She is your ex for a reason.

23. Loving Jesus means loving people.

24. Loving Jesus also means loving the image of Him in the mirror you see.

25. Stop hiding your emotions. Stop crying in the bathroom or behind a locked door. You have people in your life who care about you.

26. Suicide is never the answer.

27. Breathe in, breathe out.

28. Do you feel your heart pump? Do you feel the air exiting your body? That is a sign you are here for a purpose. Your life is no mistake.

29. Just because you doubt, doesn’t mean you don’t believe in Jesus.

30. However, when walking on the water scares you, look to Jesus and keep your eyes on Him.

31. If you have the opportunity to go to school go. There are young girls around the world who would do anything to sit at the desk you are complaining about.

32. Don’t pick a career based on money.

33. However, I promise you can use any passion or gift to serve a purpose bigger than yourself if you allow yourself to give it to the One who gave it to you.

34. You don’t need pretty prayers to please God.

35. Talk to Him like you are talking to a friend.

36. Look for the good in everyone.

37. That includes the mean girl who no one likes. Chances are she is mean for a reason. Someone was once mean to her. Kill her with kindness.

38. Pray to have the Lord’s eyes. See people with love.

39. Try to have the Lord’s hands, always be reaching out to others.

40. Each morning, pray to have the Lord’s feet and go where He calls you.

41. It is a bad day, not a bad life.

SEE ALSO: What It's Like To Be A College Student In April

42. You don’t need a six-pack to find a man who loves you.

43. You need a spouse who will be able to look at you when you are 80, and wrinkly and maybe a little chunky, and you need him to love you then. If he loves you for your body and your hair, I promise he doesn’t actually love you. Looks fade, but love is eternal. Find someone who loves you like Jesus.

44. Do some squats.

45. But squat so you feel good about yourself, not to attract the opposite sex.

46. You are never too old to find a new hobby.

47. You were beautiful before someone told you.

48. If you don’t know if you are in relationship or not, leave. You deserve clarity, not insecurity.

49. You deserve friendships that are mutual.

50. The best Friday nights are spent with a puppy and food. It is okay to not always be social.

51. Stop worrying about whether your crush will text you back.

52. Stop over analyzing everything in general.

53. Pray for your future spouse.

54. However, also pray for your future bridesmaids/groomsmen. Some of the most influential people you may have in your life you may not have even met yet.

55. Storms bring strength.

56. And storms bring rainbows if you are patient and observant.

57. Stop Pinteresting your dream life and start living it.

58. The Bible is actually extremely relatable. Open it up. Read it.

59. Romans 8:28 “and we know God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” God is on your team. He wants you to have moments of celebration. He has a purpose for you greater than your bad day.

60. Never forget what Jesus did for you on that cross. When he died for you, it was painful and brutal. It was ugly. It was love. Don’t let that truth ever become numb to you no matter how many times you have heard the story.

61. There is nothing wrong with carbs.

62. Study. And don’t wait for the night before.

63. Find someone who you can look up to.

64. Also, never forget that there is always someone looking up to you. Act like someone you would want your future children to be. Act in a way that reflects wisdom.

65. Smile more, you are loved by the one who hung the stars and painted the sea. He created puppies and carbs–yet still loves you more. That is something to celebrate.

College is tough and life is hard. You are going to have moments where all you want to do is celebrate life with your best friends, but you will also have moments where you just want to lock the door, ignore everyone, and have a good cry. Never forget that your worth comes from something greater than your Biology grade, and from Someone greater that the one who broke your heart.

You aren’t too cool for Christ in college. Christ is a necessity for you in your life. He can hold your hand during your heartbreaks and failures and celebrate with you when you get the text back or a passing grade in foreign language. He loves for you and cares for you more than your sorority or fraternity ever will.

So buy your books, do your homework, but never forget when you are walking to you 8:00 a.m. you regretfully signed up for, to look up. Look at the clouds and the sky and thank your creator that in a big big world with many beautiful things, He still loves our messy hearts even more. So this one is for the boys for the King. This life is for the One who laid down His life.

I promise college is more fun when you dance with your Savior. Follow His lead and let him take you on a journey where you can find your purpose. You may not know where you are going, but you do know who you are following.

So never forget that although classes may be hard, and your metabolism may be slowing down–God is still good. He turns our ashes into beauty and our trials into our testimony. Do life with your creator and I promise you that you will have more than you need.

Romans 8:28 “And we know God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

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I Know You've Heard It Before, But You Should Drink More Water

Drinking enough water throughout my day can seriously make or break how I end up feeling.


Water may not be the "tastiest" drink on the planet, but it is the most essential. I have always had a hard time trying to drink enough water. I never had the desire to and would always choose another beverage before drinking water. Recently since I have been at college, I have realized the importance of it. Drinking enough water throughout my day can seriously make or break how I end up feeling. I probably still don't drink enough water, but I am trying. I thought I could help encourage some of you to drink more water by listing all of the amazing things water does for us.

1. Keeps you hydrated

2. Clears up your skin

3. Makes you happier

Honestly! Water actually makes you less cranky because you won't be dehydrated and will feel a lot more energized.

4. Helps your body maintain homeostasis

5. Flushes out toxins

6. Makes your skin glow

7. Prevents cancer

Studies have shown that it can help prevent some types of cancer.

8. Helps maintain your weight

9. Prevents headaches

10.  Helps you perform better

11.  Lubricates your joints

This will help with anyone who may have joint pain.

12.  Delivers oxygen throughout the body

13.  Regulates body temperature

14.  Keeps you alive!

Now, if those reasons are not enough to get you drinking more water, then I don't know what can. If you are curious about how much water you should drink a day, there is information all over the internet. There are even apps that can track the amount of water you have had each day.

Best of luck and drink up!

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