It seems like the same thing happens every year. You exercise and eat healthy all summer long to maintain the perfect body, only to lose those habits once school starts back up. So, instead of keeping your “summer body” reserved for summer alone, why not have it all year long? After all, the summer weather lasts a lot longer here in Charleston.
Whether you want to start out slow, or are determined to get right to things, I have the perfect workout for you.
First things first: CARDIO! Cardio is one of the best things you can do to stay healthy and fit. Personally, I like running, but cycling or swimming are also great choices. Try to do cardio at least three days a week for 25 to 30 minutes; if you can do longer that is even better. Also, do not forget to always stretch before and after. I can not stress how important stretching is to keep yourself safe and to help prevent injury!
While cardio is essential, you need more than just that to tone and shape all your muscles. This is where a gym comes in handy. When there, you should focus on what I like to call the three A’s: Abs, Arms and Ass.
Now for every exercise, you are going to want to do them between three to six times each. Try to go to the gym four times per week for the best results.
- 1 Minute plank
- 30 Seconds of bicycles
- 10 Straight leg lifts
- 20 Russian twists
- 25 Crunches
- 10 V-ups
- 10 Push-ups (no “girl” ones, those don’t really count)
- 15 Dumbbell chest fly
- 15 Tricep dips
- 15 Bicep curls
- 25 Squats
- 25 Squats from 2nd position
- 20 Donkey kicks (on each leg)
- 20 Straight leg kicks (on each leg)
- 20 Hip raises
What’s even more important than the workout itself, is the music you play with it. So to give you some motivation during your workout, I’m including some of my favorite workout songs.
1. “Work Bitch” by Britney Spears
2. “Shake That” by Eminem
3. “How Low” by Ludacris
(This is a must-have for your playlist. I especially like to play this song during my squats. This song is especially great motivation to get low on your squats and feel the burn. Just remember to do your squats right with your knees never going in front of your toes!)
4. “Loca” by Shakira
5. “When I grow up” by The Pussycat Dolls
“Wake up. Workout. Kick ass. Repeat.” -Anonymous