Historically, the two most popular times of the year that people get their (our) lazy butts off the couch has been at the beginning of the year and the beginning of spring. Unfortunately, due to the recent blizzard that has plagued the Midwest, the “spring forward” mentality has been replaced with an overwhelming feeling of “meh”. I don’t think you guys understand how serious this issue is. Let me explain.
We are approximately 1-2 months away from swimsuit season ladies and gentlemen. Now I, like most college students, have big plans for this summer. These plans involve a lot of swimming. In missing the crucial first week of spring training, there could be a startling increase in pale/out of shape folks rocking speedos and bikinis. Needless to say, this would be an unfortunate reality for us all.
Lookin good Jim
Now when it comes to the pale part, I don’t have much experience here. Thanks to my God given immunity to pastiness, the only useful advice I have is to leave the tanning booths alone please. Nobody likes cheetoh colored skin.
However, I do know a thing or two about the later. I’ve been in and out of shape multiple times so I know a thing or two about the ole workout grind. Here are some tips on how to get yourself looking good when the weather is looking ugly.
Hit the Gym
To me, the best type of workout is a good run. Whether you’re sprinting short distances, or knocking out miles, nothing gets your body in shape quicker or better. But let’s be honest, no one is going to run on a track looking like this.
C’mon man, I can’t even see the lanes…
So what’s the solution? Hit the weight room.
Now it just so happens that Drury has an awesome place to workout called the Barber Fitness Center. Outfitted with treadmills, weights, workout balls, and jump boxes galore, this is the perfect place on campus to get in shape. If you’re looking for a more social workout experience, there are multiple classes available ranging from Zumba to Power Yoga. Check out the DCAL site here for a full list of workout classes.
Finally if you’re like me and need a little place to get a run in, I would suggest checking out one of the local YMCA’s. They’re one of the cheapest places to go in town plus both the downtown and north side locations have an indoor track.
EAT YOUR FRUITS AND VEGETABLES PEOPLE! It doesn’t matter if you’re indulging in a refreshing smoothie, topping your sub sandwich with some spinach, or devouring your cheesy dipped broccoli, a diverse diet is essential to getting and staying in shape.
This also means leaving the sodas alone. Sugary drinks like soda are murder for your body. While food offers carbohydrates to give you energy to burn during workouts, the excess carbs in sugary drinks overload your body. So what does it do with all that junk? That’s right it, it puts it in the trunk…as stored fat.
Use Your Weakness
There is just something about this cold weather that makes a person want to curl up and watch some Netflix. I think I speak for a large majority of people when I say that my body is still in hibernation mode. There’s no sense in fighting the urge to lay down and watch a good movie or two. But hey, surely you can work out a little bit DURING the movie right? After all, love is all about compromise!
There are multiple ways to do this. If you’re simply watching a Movie on TV, I would advise doing something simple like doing sit ups or push ups during every commercial break (you’ll get one heck of a workout if the movie is on MTV). The second, and my personal favorite, way to work out while watching a movie is to make a little workout game. For instance, here’s my game for Batman Begins.
Bruce Wayne-30 sit ups
Kiss-35 push ups
Fight Scene- front planks until the scene is over
Bat-Vehicle enters scene-35 push ups
Bat-Gadget is used-15 push ups
Explosion- jog around the room
The list is pretty self explanatory but basically the game works like this, every time you hear the buzzword “Bruce Wayne” you have to do 30 sit ups. Whenever two people kiss, you do 35 sit ups. If the bat mobile drives through a tunnel, destroys a few vehicles, flips over and causes Batman to use his bat rope to swing to safety, well then you’ve got 35 push ups followed by a quick jog around the room and another set of 15 push ups (I’m not sure if this scenario actually happens in the movie, but you get the point).
Well those are the ropes people! Living in Missouri, you never know what to expect when it comes to the weather. Hopefully these tips will help you get an early start on the spring workout season no matter what mother nature throws at you.