Whether you were used to playing on a sports team before you came to university, or just find your schedule doesn’t allow for exercise anymore, don’t give up! You already know how important regular exercise is for your health, including cardio, weights, and stretching. The stress-relieving endorphins you get from exercising are key for busy students, as it will help you study with more focus, sleep better, and just feel healthier. Next time you have the need to move, try one of these four workouts even if your schedule is slammed. Plus, they can all be done from your bedroom!
- Yoga Video
This is perfect for an easy jolt in the morning, or to wind down in the evening. Find a yoga video online (on YouTube, Instagram, or any other site) and find the one that fits what you need. It could be for beginners, for mediation, for stretching, even for menstrual cramps. You can also narrow it down by length of the workout, so it fits perfectly in your schedule. If you don’t have a yoga mat, you can always lie a towel down on the floor for a little extra cushion. You can always moderate the moves if you find you don’t have enough space.
Time needed: 5 minutes or more
- Cardio Blast
You might feel the need to get your blood pumping, but not enough time ot lace up your running shoes. Give yourself an indoors cardio blast! Take short breaks to do jumping jacks, mountain climbers, or just running in place in whatever space you’re in. You can even do jumping jacks in the library – if you can handle the strange looks. This is a great choice if you need a study break but don’t want to look at your phone. Set a two minute timer and start moving!
Time needed: 30 seconds to 5 minutes
- Body Weight Circuit
You can get a great, cross-fit-worthy full-body workout with your body, 15 minutes, and whatever space you have! Body weight exercises on their own might not be enough. But, when you use the right combination to target different muscle groups, you’ll have a recipe for fitness. Try this workout for starters, then switch out for other exercises that you prefer:
Complete each move for 30 seconds, with 10 seconds of rest between. At the end of all 8 moves, rest for 2 to 3 minutes. That’s 1 circuit. Complete the entire circuit 3 to 5 times.
- High Knees – Run in place, bringing your knees above hip level.
- Butt Kicks – Run in place, kicking your heels to your butt with each stride.
- Jump Squats – Sit into a squat, then drive your body up and jump
- T Push-Ups – Do a push up, then push into a side plank. Alternate sides
- Mountain Climbers – In plank position, run your knees toward your chest.
- Down Dog to Up Dog – Start in the yoga pose down dog (inverted V-shape on hands and feet), then push forward to updog (toes and hands, with hips lifted off the ground)
- Leg Lifts – Lie on your back and lift your legs up to 90 degrees, then bring them down to hover a few inches above the floor.
- Supermans – Lie on your stomach and extend your arms and legs, lifting one arm and one leg in the air at a time, and alternate.
Time needed: 20 minutes or more
Yes, this one is simple. But making the conscious choice to walk ot class instead of taking the bus, taking the stairs instead of the escalator, or even pacing while you answer emails is helpful. Any steps count. Other ways to fit in more walking is to:
- Park at the back of the lot
- Get off the bus one stop early so you walk
- Purchase something at a real store instead of ordering online
- Taking 10 minutes during your lunch break to walk (maybe take your lunch to the closest park)