This week, we want to talk to you about fitness. College can be a stressful time, and it’s easy to slip and fall short of the necessary exercise you need each week to stay fit.
We know that not everyone can afford to get a gym membership in college, and not all of us have access to on-campus gyms or have time to go to them. Here are some easy exercises you can do right in your dorm room, and some best fitness practices to keep you healthy!
Most people don’t like jogging, and it’s even worse when you approach it without goals and motivation. Luckily, we have a few tips to help you get moving with accountability!
Zombies, Run! is a fun interactive game that puts you in an auditory simulation where you have to achieve goals by running away from zombies. It’s a great app if you like a good storyline (or if you’re afraid of zombies.)
For something more straightforward, with Runkeeper, you can track the time, route, and speed of your run, and share your results with friends.
You can also create another goal for yourself based off your habits. Do you like to listen to podcasts? See if you can run for a quarter or a half of the podcast and try to improve how far you get into the podcast while you run each week!
Don’t let the lack of space and fancy gym equipment stop you. If you lift smaller weights, you can buy a set of 5 or 10 pound weights for relatively cheap prices. Practice simple dumbbell exercises in your dorm room such as biceps curls, lunges, squats, and Russian twists.
Here’s an article with more exercises you can try!
Try using a chair for support as well. You can do step ups or split squats, or seated bicep curls.
Body Weight Exercises
If you don’t have dumbbells or can’t afford the ones in your weight, you can also do body weight exercises as instead. These use your own weight as resistance to work your body. You’ve probably done a fair share of body weight exercises already. Push ups, pull-ups, and squats are all body weight exercises. Try core exercises like planks, side planks, and burpees to strengthen your abdominal muscles -- especially after all that binge eating and lecture hall sitting!
Check out these great exercises that you can do in the comfort of your dorm room!
You can also check out guided yoga exercises for another strong core-building exercise.
Dancing is a great cardio exercise that lifts your spirits and and also gets the whole body moving! You don’t need to be Bruno Mars or the star dance team champion to burn some calories, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dance or have fun.
For some fun, high energy movement, check out online zumba videos like this one here.
If you really need to learn how to get down to the basics, simple hip hop dance tutorials will still get you sweating to the beat.
More advanced? Learn how to do choreography with YouTube, like this Finesse dance tutorial.
Just Walk It Off
Especially for students that live on campus or have classes spread apart, walking is a great way to burn calories and you often don’t even realize how much exercise you’re getting.
Now with fitness trackers like Apple Health or Google Fit, you can see how many miles you walk a day, or if you’re climbing a lot of stairs. One great way to stay fit is to create a goal for yourself for each day. Walk the long way back to your apartment or take the stairs instead of the elevator.
When those one-mile walking days turn to five mile or more, you’ll notice the change on your body and endurance as well. Say goodbye to being winded by college stairs, you’ll now be running up and down them on the daily!
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