Mikayla Demaiter in Bathing Suit is a "Queen"
Mikayla Demaiter is declaring herself a queen – in her swimsuit. The hockey player-turned-model shows off her incredible body in a bathing suit while posing indoors. She captioned the post, "Do and always will hold the title of the reigning bikini queen." How does the athlete-slash-model stay so fit? Read on to see 5 ways Mikayla Demaiter stays in shape and the photos that prove they work—and to get beach-ready yourself, don't miss these essential 30 Best-Ever Celebrity Bathing Suit Photos!
Go Jet Skiing
You won't find Mikayla laying around on the beach while vacationing. She stays active during her dow time and loves jet skiing. Why should you try it? According to Health Fitness Revolution, the average 150-pound rider will burn a surprising 238 calories during a half-hour ride. The sport is also great for cardiovascular endurance.
Stretch Out Before Your Workout
Mikayla doesn't exercise until her body is ready. "Pre-workout stretch," she captioned an Instagram Story. "Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints," says Harvard Health. "Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight. Then, when you call on the muscles for activity, they are weak and unable to extend all the way. That puts you at risk for joint pain, strains, and muscle damage."
Mikayla is a fan of yoga and regularly shares clips of her practice on her Instagram Stories. "Researchers found that people who practiced yoga for at least 30 minutes once a week for at least four years, gained less weight during middle adulthood," says Harvard Health. "People who were overweight actually lost weight. Overall, those who practiced yoga had lower body mass indexes (BMIs) compared with those who did not practice yoga. Researchers attributed this to mindfulness. Mindful eating can lead to a more positive relationship with food and eating."
Do Glute Work
Mikayla's booty didn't build itself – she worked for it in the form of endless hours of glute work. She shared an example of a glute set on her Instagram Stories. She does glute kickbacks, jump squats, and glute rainbows.
Mikayla also plays hockey, which keeps her body strong. Picking up a hockey stick as little as once a week, is great for your health, one study found. Physically active males age 35 or over who play ice hockey regularly experienced enhanced health more so than other physically active males. "While these players are larger in body size, they have significantly lower rates of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease and report significantly higher rates of self-assessed health," the study found.