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A spring break trip to a warm destination is a great motivator to get in shape. You want to have a well-defined, toned body before you head to the pool or the beach in your favorite swimsuit. The following tips will help you get on your way to having the body that you want before spring break.

The best way to get results quickly in the gym is to alternate cardio and weight work outs. Switch between varying forms of cardio and weight workouts so that you can work different muscles. Mix up intense cardio routines with walking or running on a treadmill.

Whether you start working out and changing your diet several months before spring break or a couple weeks before you go on vacation, don’t expect to lose weight all at once. Instead of starving yourself, make healthy changes to your diet. Focus on eating fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, such as ground turkey and boneless, skinless chicken.

One of the biggest challenges of getting in shape for spring break is that so many other people have the same idea. You may not be able to hit the gym or the outdoor trail at your usual time because it’s so crowded. Think about exercising first thing in the morning or going during your lunch hour.

Finally, once you’re on vacation, don’t throw your entire exercise and diet regiment out the window. While there is nothing wrong with indulging over spring break, make it a priority to keep exercising and eating well each day. Make time to hit the gym or swim before heading out for the day and opt for nutritious, filling meals and snacks at least once or twice each day.