I kind of forget about spring break for two important reasons: I don't get one and spring doesn't actually occur in Chicagoland until around June. However, I'm always reminded of spring break when I make the mistake of visiting a mall this time of year and find the winter-worn, tear-stained faces of the poor people trying on bathing suits while it's still winter. For the record, yes, you really will look better in that bathing suit when you're away from the gross flourescent lighting notorious in dressing rooms around the world.
The problem is, we sometimes spend more time working on our spring break wardrobe than working on our bodies...a fact we may be confronted with in that stark, lonely dressing room mirror. We can't completely change our bodies in the few days or weeks left before spring break, but we can focus on function. Namely, what are you doing over spring break and what could you do to get your body strong enough to withstand it? If you're lounging on the beach and planning to lift nothing more than a drink to your lips, this may not be a concern for you. But, if you're planning something more physical, you may want to put together a workout routine just to get your body physically ready for that exertion.
If you're not sure what you're doing, strength training is always a good choice. It makes you strong, builds endurance and burns calories. Cardio will help you strengthen your heart and lungs while burning extra calories, all things that can help your body look and feel better.
My favorite way of fitting all that in is with circuit workouts that combine both cardio and strength. My favorites:
- Boot Camp Workout
- 30-Minute Outdoor Circuit Workout
- Total Body Timesaver Challenge
- Basic Circuit Workout
- Fat Burning Circuit Workout
Whatever you do, make sure you start easy and gradually build up to more frequent and strenuous exercise. The last thing you want is to go into your break with an injury or soreness so painful, you can barely move.
What about you? Are you going on spring break and, if so, how will you get ready for it? Leave a comment and tell us about your spring break plans.