The final countdown has begun. The Spring semester is almost over and as the weather gets warmer, our pants get shorter. Dad Bod’s may have been all the rage but that confidence quickly turns to guilt when you hit the beach. We’re here to help you get the perfect bod just in time for summer.

1) Take Advantage of That Free College Gym

Its free and it’s convenient.  And if your school’s gym isn’t free… what? Seriously, some kids actually have to pay to use the gym after paying tuition? No thanks.

Make it a point to get to the gym 4-5 times a week. Completing at least 45 minutes of exercise a day helps to burn fat and promotes weight lose. We know getting to the gym is a difficult task. You don’t need to go hard your first week at the gym, take your time and build your endurance to create a lasting workout regiment.

For more information on how many times a week you should workout and for how long- check out this blog.

2)Veggies and Fruit are Your Best Friends

Unfortunately,  beer is not a primary source of nutrition despite popular belief. Increasing your daily vegetable and fruit intake helps to increase energy and supports weight lose. Fruit and vegetables are low in calories and high in nutrients, making them the perfect for weight lose.

Tip: We know college is tough and we can be pretty lazy. Grocery stores sell prepackaged vegetables that can be steamed in the microwave in seconds!

3) Water, Water, Water

Incorporating more water into your day is a great way to lose weight. Don’t worry, we’re not asking you to be that guy that carries around gallon water jugs to class, but we do suggest increasing your water intake. Drinking more water helps to boost your metabolism, reduce hunger and increase your energy.

Check out this website to find out how much water you should be drinking a day for weight loss.

4) Create a Workout Schedule

Creating a workout plan allows you to stick to your weight loss process. Try to find a good balance of cardio and weightlifting. You don’t necessarily have to head into the weight room to lift next to the guy that’s benching 350 lbs. Instead start by incorporating dumbbells into workouts. (Start with a low weight with continuous reps). Use sites like Bodybuilding.com and Muscleandfitness.com for workout ideas.

Ladies, a great workout we plan is BBG by Kayla Itsines, a few of our interns here swear by it.

5) I Promise Cardio Won’t Kill You

If you’re trying to slim down try incorporating cardio into your weekly workouts. LISS (low-intensity steady state) cardio helps break down fat and increase activity. You don’t have to hit the treadmill or run everyday for the next 2 months. Any forms of cardio such as walking, jogging, elliptical, swimming and more a good ways to get in your weekly cardio.