Posted by: kierstin1220 | February 26, 2009

It’s that Time of Year Again

It’s that time of year again. Students are flocking to the gym in an attempt to get their bodies beach ready before spring break officially begins.

Girls at a bikini contest on spring break

“I had tried to  exercise as much as I could,” Shannon Dilignis, a junior at UConn, said. “But then when I found out I was actually going somewhere on spring break I knew I had to really start working out.”

Dilignis along with 3,500 to 4,000 of her peers brave the long lines  at the student recreational center on any given weekday, according to Patricia Bostic, the Executive Director of Recreational Services, said. About 1,200 make their way during the weekend.
The gym typically experiences a surge of patrons during the spring semester for two reasons:
“It’s the combination of New Year’s resolutions and people trying to get ready for spring break,” Nathan Bedard, an intern at the student recreational center, said.
Dilignis began her spring break regimen at the start of UConn’s winter break, a few weeks before the new year, but has found her results to be somewhat underwhelming. “I’ve noticed a little bit of a difference in my body,” Dilignis said. “I’ve become more toned, but I really haven’t lost that much weight.”
Don’t say  that she hasn’t been trying. Dilignis attempts to go to the gym at least three times a week, and while there she does cardio and weight training. However, standing around for upwards of 15 minutes waiting for a coveted treadmnill to open up does have its side effects.
“I was more motivated to work out over winter break,” Dilignis said. “It’s harder to go the gym now. I’m busier because I have things to do and I don’t have time to wait in line for a machine.”
Here are some good exercises to do in the comfort of your own home if you share the same dilemma as Dilignis.
Where ever you decide to exercise remember to set realistic goals. Don’t expect to completely overhaul your body in the 65 days between New Years and the start of spring break.
Instead, you should set an easily attainable goal for yourself so that you don’t get frustrated when the pounds don’t come flying off. And the recommended weight loss per week is only 1 lb to 2 lbs, according to Yahoo Health. These two Web sites offer great advice to keep you motivated while you exercise toward that healthy body.
However, the motivation you need could be found elsewhere as well.
“Knowing that I have to be in a bathing suit in front of all my friends in a few weks has kept me at the gym” Dilignis said.
Here’s a video for those of you who want to stay in shape while on break. Happy sweating!


  1. Good job!

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