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Easy Workouts for the College Student

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By guest blogger Tiana Bouma
Tiana is a senior at University of Oregon double majoring in Political Science and Journalism with a focus in magazine. Her hometown is now Bend, OR but she graduated from high school in Danville, CA. After graduating from UO, she plans on traveling and working for National Geographic. During her spare time, she enjoys music, reading, sports and movies.

I love to work out. It’s an activity I was raised to participate in both as a stress-reliever and a mood booster. Whether I was playing sports, lifting weights at the gym, or running, working out gets the blood pumping and helps create an better, healthier lifestyle. Given the amount of processed food and products that are available in stores working out can be a lifesaver (literally!).

But working out takes time and energy, something most college students don’t want to and don’t have the time to expend a lot of. As one of those students who gets caught up in homework, friends, and classes, I can sometimes forget to set aside even an hour a day to work out. So, I decided to research and find workouts that can still keep me in shape without taking an hour out of my day. And the best part is, this can be done pretty much anywhere.

Workout 1: Fitness at Home

Jumping Jacks

30 Jumping Jacks
5 pushups
25 Knee Highs
7 Burpees
10 Crunches
7 Squats
5 Pushups
10 Crunches
5 Pushups
7 Squats
30 Jumping Jacks
1 Minute Wall Sit
5 Pushups
25 High Knees
Repeat 3-5 for maximum results.

Workout 2: 4 Minute Workout

Mountain Climbers

0:00- Squat Thrust
0:20- REST
0:30- Mountain Climbers
0:50- REST
1:00- High Knees
1:20- REST
1:30- Jumping jacks
1:50- REST
2:00- Squat Thrust
2:20- REST
2:30- Mountain Climbers
2:50- REST
3:00- High Knees
3:20- REST
3:30- Jumping Jacks
3:50- REST
4:00- Done

Workout 3: 30 minutes to a sleek physique

Part of iVillage.com's 30 minutes to a Sleek Physique

I’ve tried these workouts and they are all great ways to squeeze your daily workout into your packed schedule without feeling guilty. All you need is 20 minutes of exercise per day to keep up your health and fitness. If any of the above exercise names don’t make sense or you aren’t sure how to do them, the internet is a great place to find step-by-step breakdowns of each of the exercises listed above. These are worth the 30 minutes or less!

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