January 23, 2014

Dorm Room Workouts

So, school was supposed to start on Tuesday, and then this little snowstorm showed up and ruined our plans (yeah, rightttt.. like I wanted to go to school) but I'm a busy college student who still wants to work out, but I don't have time slash it's too damn cold outside for me to walk to the gym, so I asked my friend Kristen to help me out with some dorm room workouts for every college student.
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Working out nowadays can sometimes be a challenge if you live in a small space such as a dorm or small apartment. It's important for people to get at least 30 min of exercise a day. Here are a few things you could do to stay on track.

Cardio/strength training for small spaces:

Planks: Great for abs, back and core. Challenge yourself to hold a plank each day and watch your time go up. Building your core will help you other moves and workouts.

Squats: Targets your thighs and butt, but also works the hamstrings and lower back. You can find different variations of squat challenges online to hold yourself accountable.

Push ups: Helps build chest, shoulders, arms and back muscles.

Chair dips: All you need is a chair and it is great for the triceps.

Lunges: Either static or walking are great for legs.

Jogging either in place or even better if you live in an apartment/dorm with several floors, running up and down stairs.

Weights are great to have. You can pick up some cheap ones at Target or use soup cans if you don't have them. Any weight will do, but don't be afraid to get heavier ones if you are up for a challenge. Bicep curls, overhead presses, etc are great workouts to do! Aim to do 3 sets of 10 reps for each move.  They are great at building muscle and giving you strength in your arms.

Resistance bands are also great for workouts - Greatist.com just had an article recently on the different workouts you can do! greatist.com/fitness/resistance-band-exercises

Yoga: This is a great way to either start your day or unwind after class or a long day at work.  Basic moves and classes can be found online and a lot of classes are free!

If you are looking for more of a program or accountability, then a workout DVD might be better for you. You can get some great ones at Target that are reasonably priced. Or you can do workouts such as Brazil Butt Lift (Legs and Butt), Insanity (Pure Cardio), or Les Mills Combat (mixed martial arts). These don't require much space, but if there are moves that may be limited, due to space, the key is to modify. As long as you are getting at least 30 min a day, you'll be seeing results and feeling great.

I do set up accountability groups from time to time to offer support for those that easily fall off track with some of the programs and more mentioned above. Feel free to contact me at fitwithkris@gmail.com with any questions!
-Kristen
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Thanks Kristen! Stay fit, girls!

xo

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10 comments:

  1. This is awesome! Got to make the best of it! :) Thank you for sharing! Oh, if you get a chance, I am hosting a giveaway :)

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  2. Hah! I wish had known about these when I was in college! Might have helped all the extra relentless energy that I had from all the junk food we ate! :) ~Crystal

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  3. oooooh I could definitely do some of these light exercises at home.

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