Between going to class, hanging out with friends and trying to keep up with your professors impossible syllabus, it may seem like there is absolutely not enough time in the day to exercise.
Either that or you haven’t yet adjusted to life as a college student. Exercising can be fun (sometimes) and although it may not be fun all of the time, it is necessary to keep yourself in shape and your health in tact.
Whatever the issue is, we have 5 incredibly easy exercises that you can do in your dorm so that you never have to leave campus or waste 15 minutes getting to the gym and by the time you get there, you no longer want to work out. We understand!
Anyone can literally do these exercises, they’re super easy and simple!
Squats are super easy and help to keep your butt and thighs nice and tight! To do these,
- Keep your chest up and head high
- Make sure your legs are parallel to your shoulders or slightly wider
- Keep your back straight
- “Sit” down as if you were sitting in an imaginary chair (TIP: if you are a beginner, feel free to use a chair and tap the seat with your butt as you bring yourself back up to a full standing position)
- use your heels to push yourself back up into a full standing position (be sure to keep your posture during this entire process)
TIP: if you are a beginner, we recommend 3 sets of 10 squats. If you’re not new to this, 4 sets of 25 squats will do the body good. Also, feel free to hold light weights in your hands to really feel the burn!
2. Jump Squats
Jump squats will reallyyyy have you feeling the burn, but it is oh so worth it!! Remember how to do the squats described in #1? Maintain that same posture but as you are going down, jump up as high as you can and land safely in the same position that you started. Do one to three sets of 10 and make sure to breathe.
I mean, who doesn’t want abs or a tight core? These basic crunches will give you exactly what you’re looking for.
- Either lay down on your back on the floor or put a towel/mat on the floor and lay down on your back.
- Bend your knees and make sure your feet are flat on the ground hip width apart.
- Place your hands behind your head with your elbows laying out to the side.
- Tilt your chin towards your chest.
- Curl up making sure to keep your core tight, while your upper body is slightly off the ground. Bring your back towards the floor just slightly above the ground so that you are not laying back down. Repeat.
We recommend 3 sets of 10 for this one!
4. Donkey Kicks
Time to get those glutes alllll the way together honey! For donkey kicks,
- Get on all fours (knees on the ground and hands flat)
- Bring your right knee up bent to about 90 degrees making sure to flex your foot while doing so and lift to hip level
- Lower your knee to the starting position without touching the floor and repeat.
We recommend doing 3 sets of 12 on each leg.
Last but not least, planks! These can be a little challenging, but no worries, you got this!
- Start on all fours almost like you did while doing donkey kicks but instead of having your knees touching the floor, outstretch your legs so that they are hip-width.
- Bring your forearms to the floor while your elbows are positioned under your shoulders and hands shoulder width apart.
- Step your feet back so that the heels of your feet are facing the ceiling.
- Focus your attention on the floor.
- Tighten your core and hold for atleast 30 seconds or longer.
We hope you enjoyed these incredibly easy exercise ideas that can be done in your dorm room. Keep a consistent routine while steadily increasing the amount you do overtime and you are sure to see results in no time.
Remember to take it slow and listen to your body! We’ve recommended how many we think you should do but feel free to do less than what is recommended as well as more than what is recommended.
Let us know if you liked these dorm room exercises and if you’d like to see more blog posts like this one because we have plenty of recommendations for exercises you can do in your dorm room!