Fall Bikini Bods Made Possible
Excessive amounts of milkshakes, coffee, and cookies, lack of sleep and stress eating - in terms of unhealthy habits, these describe college perfectly. Nothing motivates us more during the springtime than getting beach ready for summer, so how do we stay bikini-ready all year round? We can start by stocking up our dorms and apartments with healthy snacks like fruit, vegetables, or granola and trading in those long nights with six cups of coffee for a cup of caffeinated herbal tea. Owning a cute water bottle will make you want to drink more water during the day, so fill it up often to stay hydrated.
Exercise, exercise, exercise! Although diet is an important way to stay healthy and fit, pick up a new indoor activity to keep yourself moving. In Hyde Park there are gyms and studios for most activities or you could just head over to Ratner Athletic Center for a quick workout right on campus that offers cardio kickboxing, Zumba, yoga, and so much more. Other ways to stay active this fall include dance classes in Hyde Park or on campus and joining any of the club teams and intramural teams that are available on campus.
During those days when you're procrastinating and decide to take a nap instead of writing your paper, go out and exercise because that will help energize you - maybe you'll become inspired and get back to work feeling better than ever. Plus there are so many ways to stay active that there is something for every person to do. On campus we have a wide range of intramural and club sports from girls' rugby and co-ed flag football to midnight soccer and dodgeball, so look at the schedule on athletics.uchicago.edu and find a team if that interests you. In Hyde Park there is the Hyde Park School of Dance that offers classes in jazz, ballet, and modern dance. CorePower yoga studio offers beginners' classes, and Chaturanga Holistic Fitness that offers classes in yoga, meditation, pilates, and dance.
If you just have fun with it, staying healthy and working out won’t even feel like the usual hassle that comes with the springtime frenzy of getting swimsuit ready. But don’t forget, it’s cold out so hot chocolate will always be the perfect treat for those chilly fall nights.
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