For new students, college life can be a little overwhelming. From managing a busy class schedule to group study sessions, extracurricular activities to campus involvement -- not to mention a social life - it almost seems impossible to avoid the dreaded "Freshmen Fifteen". After all, if there is not enough time to go to the gym, and the menu options range from cafeteria food, fast food and microwaveable items, what else is a freshman to do? Luckily, you can keep off the weight, and all it takes is some self-discipline and a little open dorm room space to stay in shape. No expensive gym memberships or heavy equipment required with the following dorm room workouts.
You may think of jumping jacks as an outdated exercise done only by grade school children, but in reality, jumping jacks are a great way to warm up and stretch prior to an exercise routine. All at once, you'll be working your back, shoulders, calves and thighs while increasing your heart rate. Just make sure not to knock anything over in your dorm room while doing these workouts.
Avoid the freshman 15 while working your upper body by completing a set of pushups in your dorm room. While you may feel most of the burn in your arms, pushups actually utilize your chest muscles to lift your natural body weight.
Another great core exercise is the plank. Used in yoga classes, this exercise targets various parts of your upper body including arms, back, legs and internal abdomen muscles. All it takes is a little open floor space in your dorm room.
One of the most popular methods for taming belly fat and unwanted weight is through the practice of abdominal crunches. This is a simple workout you can perform in your dorm room to avoid the freshman fifteen. In order for these to be effective, they must be done properly, and carefully to avoid injury.
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You don't have to head outdoors to get in a good stroll; walking or marching in place can be as effective in getting your cardio going as a regular walk and can be done while watching your favorite TV show. Experts recommend walking 30 minutes a day to help keep weight off. If this dorm room workout seems a bit too boring or easy for you, feel free to talk that walk outside and enjoy the open air.
If pushups, crunches and walking in place aren't appealing to you, and you're looking for something a little more fun, then dance! Dancing is a jack of all trades when it comes to fitness as it gets your heart rate going, builds stamina and endurance, strengthens muscles, improves flexibility, and helps your feel happy, calm and relaxed. Just an hour of dancing can help you burn up to 400 calories! Here are some great ideas for getting a great dance workout in your dorm room:
You don't have to spend money or time going to a pricey gym or run the risk of hurting yourself on bulky gym equipment. With these great dorm room workouts, you can make sure that those freshmen fifteen never make their way into your college curriculum.