The snow has finally begun and going to the gym is probably the last thing on your mind. Nothing sounds better than curling up in some cozy sweats and watching Netflix in bed. But even though it’s cold outside, it’s important to keep your body moving during the winter months.
If you who haven’t moved all day (except to get some snacks, of course), here’s a simple bodyweight workout to get you off the couch and working up a sweat. This workout is a mix of cardio and strength, and the best part? You can do it in the comfort of your dorm.
Start with your preferred warm up to get your muscles ready. Possible warm-ups include going on the elliptical for 10 minutes if you’re at the gym, jogging in place and doing some jumping jacks, or even something as fun as throwing a little dance party for yourself!
Below are 15 different exercises. For each one, complete 20 reps. After completing 20 reps of all 15 exercises do the same thing again, for a total of two full sets. Take a 20-second break in between each exercise, and be sure to drink a lot of water. In the end, you will have completed 40 reps of each exercise, and 600 reps all together. Links are provided with demonstrations of the exercises. You can easily modify this workout if you are a beginner by decreasing the reps, or running through the entire set once.
Exercise 1: Jumping Jacks
Exercise 2: Pulse Squats
Exercise 3: Jack Knife Sit-Up’s
Exercise 4: Lunge Jumps
Exercise 5: Reverse Crunches
Exercise 6: Spider Planks
Exercise 7: Side Lunges
Exercise 8: Reverse Jumping-Jacks
Exercise 9: Double Jump Burpees
Exercise 10: Up-down Planks
Exercise 11: Calf Raises
Exercise 12: High Knees
Exercise 13: Jump Squats
Exercise 14: Curtsy Lunges
Exercise 15: Criss-Cross Squats
Make sure you do a cool down after this workout to relax your muscles, and prevent soreness tomorrow. This is a great 5-minute cool down that you can do:
By Emily Abatecola