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Spring Break Edition: Work Out With Friends, Get Better Results

by Rachel Tipovski, blogger

(Courtesy of sheknows.com)

Spring break falls at the most inopportune for most college students. Midterms sandwich the weeks before and after your only week of vacation second semester. Many people go to warmer climates to get away from the Syracuse winter weather—Mexico, Bahamas, Dominican Republic and even Europe to visit friends abroad. Most of these places require a bathing suit, a scary thought for many college students. In addition to all the work now, we have to worry about getting in bikini shape too.

Most people’s problem with exercise is finding the time, and motivation, to do it. If exercise becomes like dieting where we have to attend to it regularly, like another three-credit college course, it will never be a long-term addition to your life. Exercise cannot be a chore or something you do for the sole purpose of a one-week vacation. Make exercise realistic, not something you dread to do.

One way to get motivated is to do fun work outs with friends. Get moving at Flanagan Dance Studio with one of the many free classes offered on Mondays from 1:00p.m. There’s boot camp, kickboxing, Pilates, abs and even Zumba, a fun Latin aerobics dance class. If your and a friend are looking for one class at a specific time, you can always register online at Syracuse recreation services. There are plenty of different classes and different times to work with your school schedule. If classes aren’t really your thing, you and a friend can go to one of the many different gyms around campus and power walk together, do an ab routine or weights.

Not only does working out with friends make you look better but it will make you feel better too. Working out with others releases endorphins, the hormones that make us feel happy. A team of scientists from the University of Oxford measured endorphin production in a group of rowers when they trained together as a team and when they exercised alone. The results showed the sportsmen had a higher pain tolerance after exercising with their group then exercising alone, suggesting their group workouts led to a greater production of endorphins. Doing something with friends makes working out more social and fun then going on a machine alone for half an hour.

So if you’re gearing up for that bikini just a few short weeks away, grab a friend and head to the gym!



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