People are constantly saying, “get in the habit of going to the gym,” “eat healthy,” and “don’t be lazy.” But for us girls whose beds call for us the moment we walk in our rooms, staying fit can be a struggle. From someone who understands this eternal battle, but hits the snooze button too often, here are five helpful tips.
- Walk While You Talk
We all know walking is one of the best routines to add to our daily habits. Walking around campus could suffice, but why not add a little more movement to your day. When calling home or gossiping on the phone with your best friend, stand up and walk. It’s a mind-numbing way to get some cardio in your system during a time you’d probably just be sitting in your bed.
- Think: Just Ten
Working out and keeping in shape doesn’t require you to hop on the treadmill for an hour every day. The hardest part of going to the gym regularly is exactly that—going to the gym. There’s absolutely no need for all the hassle. Just 10 push-ups and 10 sit-ups a day on the floor of your room could help build the strength and endurance you need. Soon you’ll be able to do 20 or even 30, and eventually you’ll be able to do 100 reps without even noticing.
- The Seven-Minute Workout
All you’ll need is a chair and a wall for this seven-minute, high-intensity workout. The workout contains just twelve 30-second moves, with a 10-second rest in between each one. It’s a little more effort than tips one and two, but sometimes you just want to get your heart beating. The Seven-Minute Workout has been proven to help improve one’s metabolism, endurance, and overall fitness.
- Munch With Your Non-Dominant Hand
When we open a bag of chips, it’s not uncommon that we find ourselves continuously grabbing deeper and deeper into the bag until it’s empty. Studies have shown when we eat with our non-dominant hand, we are more aware of how much we’re consuming. It’s ok to sit and munch on those pretzels, but try doing it with the hand you’re not used to using.
- Just a Spoonful of Peanut Butter (Helps Your Waistline Slim Down)
One of our favorites, peanut butter, comes in clutch with health benefits. A spoon of peanut butter before bed can aid in slowing digesting, keeping muscle breakdown at the minimum, and giving you a good night’s sleep. Adding in some protein supplements and flaxseeds with your spoonful can help add an extra kick post dorm-room workout.
by Jane Lee