By Lauren Jennings |Sports Editor|
There may still be another quarter left before summer break, but now is the time to get ready for trips to the beach.
According to Women’s Health, there are seven steps to take to feel ready for the summer.
The first step is getting your sweat on with strength training. The second step is making your belly and butt top priorities.
The CSUSB Recreation and Wellness Center (Rec Center) offers many classes throughout the academic year that can really work up a sweat and focus on the belly and butt.
All of the free group exercise classes offered at the Rec Center advertise that participants can burn from 300 calories to a seriously sweat inducing 550 calories.
Of the 12 available classes to take, there are four that can burn between 400 and 550 calories that are also geared toward breaking a sweat and working out your glutes and abs. These classes are Boot Camp, Butts and Guts, Cycle Fit and TRX.
Boot Camp is a fast paced and intense workout that involves high intensity training, body conditioning, core training, and speed and agility. The workouts change each class, but promise to burn up to 550 calories.
Butts and Guts focuses on exercising the glutes and abdominals while using hand weights, body weight and balance balls.
The class starts with a warm-up that progresses in intensity, ending after an hour with a cool-down and up to 440 calories burned.
Another high calorie burning option is the Cycle Fit class, which can burn up to 550 calories in the 60 minute time frame. The class may take place indoors, but participants can expect to work on their overall strength, cardio, and fitness.
The TRX class offers an intense workout that can burn up to 550 calories. TRX is a fast paced class that combines cardio drills and suspension training to keep the heart pumping while conditioning the body.
These classes at the Rec Center are just a small part of what you can do to get ready for the summer.
The third step mentioned by Women’s Health is to make sure you drink lots of water.
This is an easy step to take as there are many hydration stations available, not only in the Rec Center, but throughout the campus as well.
Drinking lots of water prevents overheating and helps to flush out excess water weight.
Tip number four from Women’s Health is to increase the amount of natural diuretics in your diet.
These are food and drink options that can help aid in de-bloating. Choices include cucumbers, asparagus, lemon, green tea and anything with a high concentration of potassium, caffeine, magnesium, or vitamin C.
Remaining on the note of food, tip five says that it is very helpful to cut out carbohydrates like bread, pasta and crackers.
Since carbohydrates tend to be on the saltier side, they can lead to excess water retention and bloating. Instead, you should opt for fruits and vegetables with some lean protein.
For those of age, a significant reduction in the consumption of alcohol is a must. By limiting the amount of alcohol in the system, you’ll get a better nights sleep and consume fewer calories.
The seventh and final tip offered by Women’s Health involves having good posture. They’ve suggested that just by standing up straighter, you will look thinner and will also be training your body to hold everything in once you are in your swimsuit.
With these tips, you and your friends can be ready for summer in no time.