Thanks for taking the time to check out the Health Nuts blog. This blog is all about healthy living. We write about health, nutrition, exercise, mindset and anything that can help you feel full of energy!
Since this is my first post here let me quickly introduce myself. My name is John Paton. I’m a Sophomore Psychology major at Cornell. I have a passion for living a healthy life and want to help others do the same. I’m obsessed with Olympic weightlifting and love devouring material about how we can improve our strength and daily energy levels.
Alright, that’s enough about me—the topic of today’s post is dorm room exercises. Now I know you want to stay in shape and be as fit as possible, but I also realize that with prelims, homeworks, papers, and exams it’s often hard to stick to a weekly gym commitment. That’s why I’ve created a list of exercises that can be completed in just minutes in the privacy of your own dorm room. Lack of time is no longer an excuse!
Dorm Room Exercises
1) Pushups. Level: Easy. Place your hands about 36 inches apart on the floor. Lower yourself until your chest almost touches the floor. Push back up, and repeat!
2) Air Squats. Level: Easy. Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart, toes pointed out about 30 degrees. Place your hands straight in front of you for balance, then bend both knees and lower yourself. Once you’re at the bottom of the squat with your hips bellow your knee cap press up through your heels and return to the start position. Remember to keep your eyes looking straight ahead.
3) Burpees. Level: Medium. Begin in the bottom of the squat position with your hands on the floor in front of you. Kick your feet back so that you are now in a pushup position. Now return to the squat position and immediately jump as high as possible. Repeat, moving as quickly as you can.
4) Jump Rope. Level: Medium. This one takes a bit of practice. Grab yourself a rope and just start swinging. Focus on getting into a rhythm with the rope and make sure to jump high enough.
5) Kettle Bell Swings. Level: Medium. For this exercise you will need some equipment—the humble kettlebell. Grasp your kettlebell and standup with your feet about shoulder width apart. Then start swinging the kettlebell so that it moves from between your legs to about parallel to the group at the top. As with the jump rope get into a rhythm and keep swinging.
6) Hand Stand Push Ups. Level: Hard. This one is for the adventurous people out there! Start by getting yourself into a supported handstand against a wall. Then using your arms dip yourself down so that your head nearly touches the ground. Once you’re in this position push up hard with your arms and return to the supported handstand position. Repeat!
I know these descriptions are rather on the basic side, so I’d definitively recommend doing a search for YouTube videos to find more about the exercises!
How to Combine the Exercises
So you now have a list of exercises, but how can you combine them into an incredibly productive strength building, fat burning workout? Here are my suggestions:
1) One Minute Challenge. Pick an exercise and see how many reps you can do in a minute. Keep track of how you do and then see how you improve over time!
2) The Cycle. Pick three exercises and repeat them in a cycle. My favorite way to do this is to repeat each exercise 21 times, then 15, then 9. Record your time and see how you do!
3) Roommate Competition. Find a willing competitor and challenge them to a contest. See who can complete 25 pushups, 50 airsquats, and 10 burpees quickest!
That’s all for today—thanks for sticking with me for this long. Let me know how it goes and if you can think of any other dorm room exercises post your ideas in the comments below.