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4 Ways To Workout In Your Dorm

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For college students, between papers, study groups, and finals, pretty much all of our time is dedicated to school. When we do get a free moment, it’s not enough time to get ourselves to a gym. Luckily, there are a few techniques you can do in the privacy of your dorm room or apartment that will get you some kind of workout benefit without having to dedicate a lot of time going to a gym.

1. Weights

Go to the nearest sports store or even Target or Walmart and pick up a few free weights. If you haven’t been a regular weight lifter, you may want to start out with light weights. Use the weights two or three times a day and do 3 sets of 10. You can even do it while studying or watching TV! It doesn’t take very long and you’ll see results fairly quickly.

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2. Resistance Bands

You can do lunges, plieés, or any other type of exercise you can think of with resistance bands, which improve strength and balance. Pick one up at Target from anywhere between $10-$20 and look up some workouts on YouTube.

Resistance Bands Workout

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3. Video Workouts

Google is your best friend when it comes to dance routines, pilatés stretches, or anything else that will get your body up and moving. Even just turning on the stereo for 15 minutes and dancing your heart out will give you a nice workout.

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4. Use Your Furniture

Sit on the edge of your bed with your hands on the bed at your hips. Scoot your bottom off the bed and bend your elbows to lower your body a few inches. You can also use your desk to do standing push-ups. Put your hands on the edge of the desk about shoulder-width apart. Bending your elbows, lower your upper body down until you’re about six inches from the desk. Push back up. Do 3 sets of 10 for both. Get creative for other workouts!

Girl Working Out On Her Bedroom Furniture

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When it comes to working out, find something that is fun so getting a workout in is not a chore or something you dread. See if your roommate will do the workouts with you! You can motivate each other and reward yourselves at the end of each week for keeping to your routine.

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Alternative Workouts: No Gym Required

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One of the best things about being a student in college is getting free access to a recreation center with all of the treadmills, ellipticals, but what about when you go home for the summer and you can no longer access the gym? Not to worry! There are a ton of ways to get a great workout without ever setting foot in a gym.

1. Ultimate Frisbee

Get your friends together for a giant game of Ultimate Frisbee or Capture the Flag. It’s amazing how much fun doing sprint intervals can be when you have a flag in your hand and a bunch of people chasing you.

Group of College Guys Playing Ultimate Frisbee

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2. Hiking

There is a mountain, or at least a large hill, in every town. Climb it! Extra points for jogging at least part of it and snapping an Instagram of the view from the top (you know you’re going to).

Young woman college student hiking up the moutains outdoors

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3. Inspiration

Look up sample workouts on Pinterest. Not only does Pinterest have inspiring workout quotes and pictures of ripped fitness models to get you motivated, it has an unlimited supply of sample workouts. Want to tone those abs? There’s probably a thousand ways on Pinterest. Want to target those inner thighs? Same deal. Be careful, though, because Pinterest also has food ideas that can undo that workout in a heartbeat (case in point, I just re-pinned a recipe for “S’mores Cookie Brownie Bites. Goodbye, abs).

Pinterest Fitness Board Inspiration

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4. Jogging Date

Have a jogging catch-up date with a friend. I hate having sit-down conversations with people, so I always suggest jogging instead of coffee. Not only do you get to catch up with a friend, your endorphins make small talk so much easier. And it is completely normal to have awkward pauses while you both huff and puff up a hill.

Girl and Guy College Student Jogging Together Outside

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5. Biking

I always forget how much I love biking until I actually do it, then I start pedaling and I get flashbacks to kindergarten and I fall in love all over again! Plus, riding your bike to work or the store is a great way to burn those extra calories (and save on gas).

Girl College Student Biking In City

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6. Swimming

Find a pool or lake. Whether you do lap swimming or play Marco Polo, it’s a great place to get a great workout and a tan.

Male College Student Diving into Swimming Pool

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You don’t have to go to a gym to exercise. Just get creative and you can work out anywhere! What are some of your favorite ways to get fit?

 

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4 Steps On Starting A Fitness Plan

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Summer is the season that motivates all to want to get in shape. Starting an exercise routine is not always easy, especially for busy college students. Between working to save money, possibly some summer classes, preparing for the next college semester, and still trying to have a social life with family and friends – finding time, energy, and ideas to work out can be stressful. Here are a four steps for starting a fitness plan:

1. Motivation

Motivation is the key for success. Why do you want to exercise? Your answer to this question is the goal you want to reach: to lose weight, to improve your cardio, or to just be healthier. Having a goal will motivate you to work out so that you actually want to do it. This will make the process a lot more fun and easier to accomplish.

Female College Students Running Jogging Outside On Campus Park

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2. Consistency

It is a lot easier to commit to something when it happens consistently at the same time. Make it a point to go to the gym on the same days and around the same time. Some prefer going to the gym in the morning, while others prefer to go at the end of the day. Make a schedule that is comfortable for you that you can easily commit to.

Exercise Fitness Work-Out Routine Plan Consistent Schedule Journal

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3. Routine

Do not exercise every muscle every time you work out. Make a routine that will focus on one or two parts of your body at a time. You do not want your whole body to be sore and you also do not have all day to work on every area. I like to work on arms and abs one day, then legs and abs the next while doing cardio at the end of every routine. I also recommend to go three or four times a week. Do not go every day – allow your body recovery and relaxation time.

College Student Girl On A Treadmill Working Out Cardio At The Gym

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4. Adjust

Do not jump into exercising full-on. You will tire yourself out and not allow your body the proper time to adjust, which will make you feel like you have to force yourself and may make you want to quit. Take your time getting used to the exercise and start slow. Over time, increase intensity or duration as your body adapts.

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These four steps are the basics to starting any fitness plan. Remember that starting an exercise routine takes time and patience. You can do it! Good luck!

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The Summer Benefits Of Fruit

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Eating some fresh and juicy fruit is a great way to cool off in the summer heat. Fruit is a natural and healthy way to take in daily nutrients to reduce the risk of illness. It is also low in fat and calories and a great way to get in shape this summer and do your body some good! Each fruit provides different nutrients to help nourish the body.

Here are some great fruits to have this summer to benefit from and enjoy:

1. Banana

Bananas contain 422 mg of potassium, which help with proper heart functions and help prevent muscle cramps and insomnia. Bananas also are very high in Vitamin A, which increases immunity, healthy skin, and bone growth. This can help prevent you from getting sick and help you fight this tough summer allergy season all while maintaining that warm healthy summer skin glow.

A Bunch of Yellow Bananas

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2. Passionfruit

Passionfruit contains 3.78 mg of iron that helps with immunity and strength. Iron helps oxygenate our blood and also digest our food. Passionfruit is also high in Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant to help prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer. Vitamin C helps with healing and repairing body tissue. Passionfruit helps keep your body in good health while quickly repairing any scratches or scars from those pesky mosquitos!

Passionfruit

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3. Kiwi

Kiwi has 12 mg of magnesium and is high in Vitamin K. Magnesium provides protein and energy while relaxing nerves. Vitamin K helps regulate your blood and burn fat. The kiwi is perfect if you are trying to lose some weight and also keep energized for active summer days.

Kiwi

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4. Avocado

Avocados contain 1.29 mg of zinc that can help with vision and increasing your metabolism. An avocado also contains a lot of Vitamin B3, which is important in converting food to energy and helping the digestive system function. This is also a great fruit to help lose weight for that new swim suit.

Avocado

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5. Strawberries

Strawberries have 23 mg of calcium and help regulate nutrients throughout your body while their high levels of folic acid helps with DNA structure and mental functioning. Eat this fruit for added brain power – especially for those college students who are taking summer classes!

Strawberries

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Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the main purpose of eating is to supply nutrients to the body. Treat your body to something delicious that is a healthier alternative than junk food.

What is your favorite fruit? Tell us in the comments below!

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4 Tips To Shape Up This Summer

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You finally made it through finals (congrats!) and college is out for the summer. Now it’s time to make sure that summer body is on point! Here are a few tips and tricks to help you maintain your shape this summer.

1.  Music

Make a summer playlist with all of your favorite upbeat summer jams. Play it when you workout at the gym, go for a run, or even when you’re getting dressed. It will force you to dance around and burn a couple of calories while you get ready for those fun summer time activities. Can’t think of just the right playlist? Try out Songza, Spotify, or Pandora and rock out with the perfect playlists.

Songza Music App

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2. Just Do It

Our best excuses seem to derive from two areas: working and studying. However, once you start, you always feel so much better! So, just do it. Make the best of what you’ve got. On vacation and the resort or hotel doesn’t have an up to par gym? Don’t let that stop you from your daily exercise regime. Crank out 20 or so jumping jacks, give yourself 10 squats, and as many push ups and sit ups as you can handle. It may not be your typical workout routine, but at least you won’t put yourself days behind while you’re soaking up the sun.

Woman Running Jogging to Exercise

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3. Hydrate

With smoldering temperatures, it’s most important that you’re hydrating your body with water. Here’s a secret – drinking water makes you feel full, so you’ll tend to eat less after you drink that ice cold glass, and not to mention how refreshed you’ll feel. You can even make your water a little tastier by adding slices of fresh lemons, limes, oranges, or any citrus fruit. Water is really just a delicious win-win situation.

Lemon Water Pitcher

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4.  Moderation

It’s so easy to over indulge in summer months.  The days are long and the conversations are even better, so how could you say no to that extra soda or get a little bit food crazy on vacation? But, honestly, you can do it. Just remember that you want that same hot pre-vacation body when you come back from the beach too.

Healthy Portion Size Moderation

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Don’t over-work yourself, but remember to set your goals and go for it! You can do it!

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