Floro and Ginger Know Best


by Erin Floro & Julia Robinson

I’ve let myself get a little out of shape this winter. How can I get into shape?


Have you seen me lately? I’ve ballooned. If you’re looking for real advice, stop reading, and direct yourself somewhere else. Preferably someone skinny, who doesn’t eat cookies for breakfast.

Spring is here and I understand you’re looking frumpy in your bathing suit, we all do. I myself have made the final decision to keep my swimsuit cover on this spring break. Yes, I cry myself to sleep. I’ve become sort of a fatty fatty no friends and here are some steps to take to get abs of steel. I could state the obvious and tell you to go to Cowles Fieldhouse, but I understand you literally have to tackle townies to claim treadmill.

To get rid of the double chin: Chew sugarless gum or start giving out blowies. If you already do and still have neck rolls, give out more. This makes everyone involved happy.

To get rid of the tummy tire: Jillian Michaels’ 30-day Shred DVD. I’m not sure if the workout video actually works since I only did it a total of two days, but trust me, I thought I needed a forklift to get myself out of bed for a week.

To get rid of flabby arms: Purchase the Shake Weight. You will need lots of stamina for this exercise. It’s a hand-job based work out technology, which works every hand- job muscle in the body.

Now to tone your legs: I know cellulite isn’t too cute but there is a brand new shoe out that makes your crater looking limbs look beautiful. Skechers Shape -Ups. These shoes speak for themselves- tone up without even setting foot in a gym. I have a pair of these kicks and nothing beats them. The only improvement Skechers could make is Shape-Ups that light up, and then everyone could see how much you despise your muffin top.

If all this fails, fall back plan is: Megan Fox diet. Ask yourself “Would Megan Fox eat that?” 


First of all, let me say this: You are not alone. I think almost all of us are guilty of using the freezing temperatures outside as an excuse not to leave our warm, cozy beds and go work up a sweat at the gym. Unfortunately, the seasons are changing, and you can’t stay in your sweatpants forever. If you really want to get your body back and feel confident, it’s time to make some changes.

First is the most obvious: Cut out bad eating and drinking habits. I know Burger King and Taco Johns are tempting, but if you want to shed some pounds you probably need to subtract fast food from your diet. Weaning yourself off the greasy grub might be easier than you think. As far as drinks, I’m not just talking about pop. One can of Bud Light has 110 calories, so a full night of drinking has the potential to rack up the calories quickly.

Second is something you might not think is important: Get more sleep. As college students, sometimes we put sleep last on the priority list, but getting enough sleep is very important when you’re trying to lose weight. If you are sleeping deprived your body may feel hungry even if you are full. Also, sleep loss messes with your body’s ability to metabolize carbs and increases fat storage – and nobody wants that.

Finally, the advice you’re dreading: GO WORK OUT. Dieting is great, but it can only take you so far – eventually you’re going to have to get off the couch and work up a sweat. If your excuse is you don’t want to spend money to join a gym, you’re in luck! Simpson offers a free work out facility in Cowles, so take advantage of it. If your excuse is that you don’t want to work out in front of everyone in Cowles, you’re in luck! Indianola has several fitness facilities in the community that are open 24 hours a day. So, now that you’re out of excuses, try following these tips and get yourself on the road to a shorts-ready bod!