Dorm Room Workout Routines
Avoid packing on the pounds by making smart food choices and sticking with an exercise program.
An endless supply of food at the dining hall and lack of exercise leads to weight gain for many college students – but that doesn’t have to happen to you. Amie Hoff, New York Sports Clubs Master Trainer, developed this exercise program that can be done without stepping foot outside your dorm room. If you don't have time to get to the gym between classes and extra-curricular activities, try to squeeze in these toning moves as a study break.
Exercise routine # 1: Put your desk to use
Shape your arms with a challenging variation of the standard push-up. With your desk up against a wall, place your hands on the edge a little wider than shoulder-width apart. Keep your feet on the ground, back flat and chest in line with the edge of the desk. Slowly lower your chest down, bending at the elbows until you're about 6 inches from the desk. Push your body back up to the starting position. Try to work your way up to 3 sets of 15.
Exercise routine # 2: Burn off that late-night snack
Need an energy boost? Instead of reaching for food, opt for a quick cardio blast by alternating 3 sets of 20 stadium runs and 20 jumping jacks. For stadium runs, start with hands on the floor and feet shoulder-width apart. Use a thrusting motion to bring your right knee into the chest. As the right foot goes back to starting position, raise your left knee. Be sure to have a slight bend in the elbow and keep your abs tight.