Track and Field Star Jess Gardner Shares Swimsuit Photos From "My Happy Lil Summer"
Jess Gardner is living her best life this summer – in her swimsuit. In one of her latest social media posts the pole vaulter flaunts her Insta-famous figure in a skimpy bathing suit while lounging on the shoreline. "My happy lil summer," she captioned the series of Instagram snaps. How does the track and field beauty maintain her fantastic physique? Celebwell compiled a list of everything she does.
She Lifts Weights
Jess spends a lot of time at the gym lifting weights. Each week adults need 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity and 2 days of muscle-strengthening activity, according to the current Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
She Walks on the Beach
When Jess isn't in the gym you can find her walking on the beach. Going for a daily walk can be a game changer in terms of exercise, especially at a brisk speed. One study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that walking at a brisk pace for about 30 minutes a day led to a reduced risk of heart disease, cancer, dementia and death, compared with walking a similar number of steps but at a slower pace.
She Does Yoga
Jess also does yoga. There is a laundry list of reasons to do yoga, explains Harvard Health. "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," they said. "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."
Jess loves getting out in nature and going for hikes. "Elevated," she captioned a photo from a hike. According to the National Parks Service, the physical benefits of hiking include:
- Building stronger muscles and bones
- Improving your sense of balance
- Improving your heart health
- Decreasing the risk of certain respiratory problems
When Jess is near water you can find her kayaking. "Whatever floats your boat," she captioned this post. Kayaking is a great workout. Not only is it great for building upper body strength and helps reduce stress, but can burn up to 400 calories per hour, translating to 1,600 calories in four hours of paddling.
She Drinks Coffee
Jess enjoys the perks of coffee. "Whenever I need a pick me up, I add a shot of espresso to my Iced Chai Tea Latte," she captioned a recent post.