Being a college student can be stressful, especially when trying to find the perfect balance for going to classes, doing homework, having a part-time job, participating in extracurricular activities, and, most importantly, staying healthy. The responsibilities of college students tend to pile up, and it can be hard to find time to go to the gym and have a good workout session. But here’s the thing: access to a gym is not necessary in order to work out. Here’s a quick list of workouts that can be done from the comfort of your own dorm:
Squats. There are a variety of squats that you can do, but one of the most effective ones are jump squats. The first step is to stand with your feet apart;it is recommended that your feet are a hip-width apart and to make sure that your toes are pointing forward. After you are in a comfortable position, you will sit back as if you are about to do a squat. Before you can completely sit back, you will put weight onto your feet and then jump. You want to make sure that you land lightly onto your feet, and then, bend into a full squat. These jump squats are meant to help strengthenyour toes, knees, and butt. If you have ten minutes to spare before your next class, you can easily fit this workout in before you leave.
Sit ups. Sit ups are the most effective workout for those of you whose journey to attaining a dream body consists of getting abs. With sit ups, it is important to lay on a flat surface, then bend your knees and lift your chest. You can challenge yourself by doing 25 sit ups before taking a break, or you can start off slowly by doing five at a time.
Planks. Planks are great for strengthening your toes, forearms, and elbows. All you have to do is face down on a flat surface with your toes and elbows pushing towards the ground. Then, lift your body up while still keeping your toes and elbows on the ground. For those of you who have never tried planking before, start off slowly with 15 second intervals. Take a break, then try 30 seconds; continue adding 15 seconds. If you wish to challenge yourself by holding a plank for a couple minutes, the best way to distract yourself from the burn you may feel -- remember, no pain, no gain -- is by listening to music. For every song you listen to, hold onto the plank and after the song ends, take a break and then repeat.
Mountain Climbers. Mountain climbing is perfect for working out your chest, shoulders, triceps, core, hip flexors, hamstrings, and quads. You start off in a high plank position. It is similar to the previously mentioned plank, but instead of laying down, you’ll extend your arms and arch your back up, and your toes will be pointing forward to the ground. Then, you’ll raise each leg up to your chest while keeping your body as straight as possible and your hands down on the ground. This is similar to running, but the floor is being usedto make it feel like you’re running up a mountain, hence the name
Jumping jacks. Jumping jacks have been with us since elementary school.They are meant to improve your legs and calves. Since jumping jacks are typically easier to do, challenge yourself by doing 25-30 at a time before resting. Do this about three time and increase the amount of jumping jacks after each round.
Many people have the misconception that workouts must include weights and machines provided by the gym, but honestly, all you need is your body. Although the aforementioned exercises are simple, they are effective and can easily be done in the rare occasions you have spare time.