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Easy 5 Minute Workout You Can Try Right Now

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Christine Henson BookRenter Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Do you want to get in shape, but have trouble finding the time to get those workouts in? If so, you are not alone! Workouts don’t have to take up a lot of your time. The most important thing is to get up and get moving.

Here is an easy workout to get you moving – and the best part is it’s only five minutes!

1. Warm Up

For a simple warm up, do 30 seconds of jumping jacks and another 30 seconds of jogging in place. This should get your body warmed up and ready to go!

2. Bicep Curls

For this, you’ll need a heavier set of dumb-bells and a lighter set of dumb-bells. Start with your heavier set of weights and do bicep curls for 30 seconds. Then switch to your lighter set of weights and continue this exercise for another 30 seconds.

3. Squats

Now it’s time to work the lower half of your body! Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, bend at your knees, get low enough that your hamstrings are parallel to the floor, and then stand back up. Remember to keep your back straight the entire time. Do these squats for one minute.

4. Plank

For this exercise, start lying on your stomach. Then hold yourself up using your forearms and toes, keep your back flat, and hold this position for one minute. Remember to breathe through this one!

5. Lunges

For this exercise you’ll want to start with your feet together, then step forward with one leg into a lunging position, then step back together, and repeat on the other leg. Continue these moves for one minute.

So there you have it, a simple workout you can do in five minutes! You can even do these in the quad or in your dorm, or anywhere. Pair this with eating right and drinking lots of water, and you’ll be on your way to achieving your fitness goals in no time!

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6 Ways To Kick Your Cold

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Serena Piper BookRenter Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

No matter what time of year it is, a cold can somehow hit you at any moment. A cold can come out of nowhere, but usually comes right before you have a lot of plans and things to do, and it hangs around making you miserable and takes its sweet time to pass on to someone else.

If you do end up with a cold, fortunately there are several ways to make sure the worst of it only sticks with you a few days rather than a week or longer.

1. Take Vitamin

College students are notorious for not taking great care of our bodies. Whether it’s not getting enough sleep, drinking too much caffeine, or a bad diet in general – having a weak immune system is one of the easiest ways to get a cold. Vitamin C, Echinacea, and calcium are three of the body’s best allies. Make them your best friend when you have a cold, and try to work them into your daily regimen even when you are feeling well to prevent any sickness. It’ll give your body the boost it needs the next time you feel a cold coming on.

2. Drink Tea

If you’re not a fan of tea, take this as a sign to be one! There are many varieties out there that offer tons of health benefits. Ginger, mint, and chamomile are my favorite when I have a cold. The warm liquid – combined with honey if you add it – is a great soother for a sore throat. I prefer it to those so-called “cherry flavored” cough syrups.

3. Get Your Rest

Like I said previously, college students are notorious for not getting enough sleep. If you are not feeling well, this is the time to be selfish and rest. Go to bed early, sleep in, and take plenty of naps! Also, try not to stress yourself too much. Don’t force yourself to go to class if you aren’t feeling well, cancel dinner plans with friends, and make best friends with your couch or bed. It’s okay to take care of yourself!

4. Drink More Water

Aside from drinking hot or cold tea when you’re sick, chugging water is prudent to helping your body fight off sickness. The more water you get, the better. In my opinion, water doesn’t taste very good, so when I have a sore throat, I usually prefer tea or watered down juice to make sure I stay hydrated.

5. Honey and Cinnamon

This is a lesser-known form of fighting off colds, but very effective. In fact, there have been studies done which prove this method can shorten a cold by up to two days! All you do is combine half a tablespoon of organic honey with half a tablespoon of cinnamon and swallow. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, right?

6. Practice Good Hygiene

Above all, remember to wash your hands with lots of soap and warm water, and don’t share utensils or food if you or anyone you know is sick. Yes, that applies even to your significant other. No one wants to catch a cold, so don’t feel bad about missing a class or two either. Whoever you grab notes from later will thank you!

It’s not fun getting sick. Try these methods to kick your cold to the curb and share your wellness tips with us in a comment below!

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Quick & Easy Dorm Room Exercises

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Serena Piper BookRenter Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to exercise more and get in shape? If it is, you’re probably 1 out of every 10 people on the planet to say so. But what if you don’t want to fork over the $30-$40 it costs each month to maintain a gym membership? Or what if you just don’t have the motivation to make yourself leave the house to do a 30 minute walk or jog?

Luckily, there are several quick and easy exercises that you can do right in your dorm, apartment, or living space that will still give you great health benefits without having to go to a gym:

1. Desk Push-Ups

Sometimes when we workout, we can neglect to exercise our arms. If you have a desk in your room, then there is an easy way you can remember to focus on your arms. With your desk up against a wall, stand up and place your hands on the edge of your desk a little wider than shoulder-width apart. Keep your feet flat on the ground, your back flat and your chest lined up 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 back up to starting position. Try 3 sets of 15.

2. Bed Dips

Doing dips on the side of your bed is another great way to sculpt your arms and build upper body strength. Sit on the edge of your bed with your hands on the edge of the bed on each side of you. Lower yourself a few inches off the bed while keeping your back close to the bed and your hands still on the edge. Try not to sink into the shoulders or go lower than 90 degrees. Push back up and repeat.

3. Textbook Crunches

Lay face up on a mat or towel with knees bent and feet on the floor. Pick your most hated, I mean heaviest, textbook and hold it directly over your head with both hands. Keeping your abs tight, slowly lift your head and shoulders off the ground, lifting the book in the air. Hold for 1 second then slowly release. Repeat.

4. Stair-Steppers

Using a stool, a stack of textbooks, or whatever else you have laying around, make a platform just several inches high. Stand behind it with knees and arms slightly bent, then alternate tapping the top of the platform with either foot. See how many taps you can get in 30 seconds, then work up to a minute.

5. Jumping Squats

Begin by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart. Start off doing a regular squat, then engage your core and jump up into the air with everything you have. Land back into your squat position and repeat the motion, swinging your arms to help.

To make your workout a little more enticing, have a playlist of motivational and high-energy music playing in the background. Don’t forget to drink water to keep hydranted!

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Fit-Feasting On Thanksgiving

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Bailey Buckingham BookRenter Blogger Biography

This time of the year is known as the time that ruins your diet. With the holidays, great meals, and colder weather – everyone seems to gain weight. Usually we don’t worry about gaining the weight until bikini body season. For the past couple of years, I’ve learned some tricks to staying as healthy as I can during Thanksgiving and this time of year so that afterwards I don’t feel sluggish and gross.

Here are some suggestions to how to stay healthy during Thanksgiving:

1. Family Fitness Activity

If you’re spending the holiday with family, like most of us do, the easiest way to get a “workout” in is to involve the whole family. For two years, my family and I have participated in the Turkey Trot 5K races the morning of Thanksgiving. If your town doesn’t offer something like that, then do a flag football or volleyball competition. Incorporate some sort of competition or game that gets the family going so you can burn some extra calories and make some holiday memories while doing it!

2. Cook Some Of The Meal

Talk to whoever is “in charge” of Thanksgiving and see what you can make yourself for the meal. I’ve already talked to my grandma about making a pie, and some side dishes this year. This puts you in control of the recipe, so you can use healthier options when cooking!

3. Smaller Plate Trick

So you don’t offend the cook, talk to them beforehand, but instead of using a big plate like everyone else, use a smaller plate. That way you will have a full plate, and smaller portions, so you trick yourself into thinking you’ve eaten a lot. This will help you to prevent all of that gluttonous overeating.

4. Commercial Break

My family watches football on Thanksgiving as a tradition. When there is a commercial break, I use it as an opportunity to get away from the TV and walk around. If you’re in a comfortable family setting, do jumping jacks or push-ups between commercials to get your blood flowing!

5. Don’t Discourage Yourself

Don’t be upset because you ate mash potatoes, or if you ate one too many cookies. IT HAPPENS! If you eat too many cookies, walk around the house and burn some extra calories. Don’t let this celebration with your family turn into you freaking out about calories all day.

Remember to enjoy yourself, and your family’s company. Don’t stress about calories all day, but be try to do some fit-feasting this Thanksgiving to help!

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Healthy Dorm Room Snacks

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Bailey Buckingham BookRenter Blogger Biography
Nobody wants to fall victim to the freshman fifteen, or whatever they call it when you still gain weight as a senior… Ugh. Unfortunately, if you haven’t already learned, the older you get, the harder it is to keep a fit figure. Luckily, there are a few snacks that are not only tasty, but have a much better nutritional value than the chips in the vending machine down the hall.

Here are a few healthy dorm room snack ideas to satisfy the cravings and keep fit:

1. Meat & Cheeses

I’ve been keeping turkey jerky and light cheeses around to eat for a snack. The turkey gives me protein and keeps me full, and the cheese gives me a dose of calcium. Try beef sticks or regular jerky if you aren’t a turkey fan.

2. Popcorn

This is probably my favorite snack, which is evident when you open my pantry. I buy almost all of the flavors of Smart Pop, and I always have a box of microwave popcorn on hand. Popcorn has a great amount of fiber for you, and it’s very low in calories and fat. As long as you don’t eat movie theater butter popcorn, it is a very healthy and tasty alternative to chips.

3. Yogurt

I used to say I didn’t like yogurt, but that’s before I even tried it. Seriously, how can you know if you don’t like something if you haven’t tried it before? Now, I treat yogurt like it is dessert. I always get the pie flavors because it satisfies my sweet tooth without taking a big hit to my daily caloric intake. There are several types of yogurt, and many flavors.Test them all out until you find something that will alleviate your sweet tooth!

4. Fruit

This is one of the more obvious options, but it’s so important to learn early on how vital fruit is in our diet. A lot of weight loss systems, such as weight watchers, don’t even require you to log when you eat fruit because of all of the benefits you receive. When you shop right, fruit can be a lot cheaper than buying bags of chips, or candy. I make small to-go containers everyday that have just a small portion of my favorite fruits to take with me because it’s easy to pull out and snack on in class.

There are so many foods andsnacks out there that are delicious, but you have to find the balance between tasty and good for you. It’s so easy to snack when you’re in the dorm and just hanging out, but try to think of healthier options. This will prepare you for when you need to start being completely in control of your own meals (if you’re not already). Start creating these good habits!

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