College is an amazing time in our young lives. We get to experience so many new things, such as living on our own and finally feeling like a true, independent adult.
But one of the main things that college students forget is to exercise. It can seem like another task to add onto your already busy life with studying, attending class, and figuring out your future.
Unless you’re a student-athlete, you may be struggling to find simple workouts that will actually motivate you to workout. Gyms on campus are always crowded, and aren’t we all overwhelmed by the major athletes who are there lifting huge weights? Because I know I am.
Overcrowded and smelly gyms are not always the right move for people. You can become fit and healthy in your own cozy and cluttered dorm room, far away from the intense rhino-sized guys lifting huge weights. Working out in the calmness of your own dorm, can eliminate distractions and allow you to have fun by yourself or even when working out with your roommate! Here are some exercises you can do with two 5-pound weights, 5 feet of floor space, in around 20 minutes. Have a healthy day!
In this simple ab-workout, start off by doing 20 regular crunches. Follow that with 15 cross leg diagonal crunches on your right and left legs. Turn over onto your forearms and hold a plank for 30 seconds to a minute. While holding the plank, dip your hips from side to side, making sure you feel it in your oblique muscles. Dip your hips for 30 seconds. Then turn onto your side and hold a side plank for 30 seconds. To make the side plank more challenging, extend one leg. Turn back over onto your hands and do mountain climbers for 30 seconds. Moving your legs at a diagonal will focus on your core and oblique muscles. Almost there! Lay on your back and do flutter kicks and scissor kicks for around 30 seconds. Finally, by sitting on your butt, extend your legs out and in in a knee hug. Do 10-20 reps. You can repeat this whole set 2 times to get a harder workout.
Start off this workout on all fours and extend one of your legs out to the side, pretending to be a dog peeing on a fire hydrant. Repeat this exercise 20 times on both legs. Kick your leg out into a back leg drive and do 15 reps. Keep your leg up, and make small pulsing motions for 30 seconds on each leg. Stand up and do 15-20 regular squats. Hold the squat position and pulse for 30 seconds.
After the regular squats, kick out your leg and squat down, repeating this exercise on both legs. Perform this exercise 10-15 times on both legs. Finish off this workout with 15-20 curtsy squats on both legs. Repeat this workout 2 times for a harder burn!
This arm workout involves very light 5 lb dumbbell weights. If you do not have access to weights, use a textbook or something heavy in your room to improvise. Begin holding the dumbbells to the side of your body and curling up. Repeat this exercise 10-15 times. Extend your arms out and raise them up and down slow and controlled. Repeat 10-15 times. Start with the dumbbells at your side and curl them up, as if you were doing a bicep curl. Then continue, by extending your arms all the way up. Repeat 10-15 times. Finally, for the last exercise, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and bend down diagonally as if to drop the dumbbell on the floor, and come back up with the weight in your hand. Repeat this on both sides and do this exercise 20 times (10 on each side). Repeat this workout by doing another set to make it harder or by increasing the weight.
For the last round of workouts, it is very important to do cardio and get the blood and muscles flowing. Start with 30 jumping jacks and then go directly into jump roping. Pretend you are jump roping for 30-45 seconds and then follow that with high knees. Keep your knees up and move your legs as fast as you can. Perform this exercise for 30 seconds. Using any furniture in your room such as a chair or a small seat, step up onto the furniture for leg step-ups. Do 15-20 reps on each leg. Using the same furniture, perform squat jumps, by jumping up onto the surface and squatting. Do this exercise 10-15 times. Repeat this set 2 to 3 times to get a more intense cardio workout.