Top Exercises for College Students to do in their Downtime
Exercising as a college student is a particular problem reserved for those trying to escape the inevitable “freshman 15”. Meaning, the weight gain most college students experience after leaving home for the first time. There are many exercises for college students that can help you stave off the weight for a short amount of time.
However, as a person with this issue myself, I understand how busy it can be juggling your responsibilities as a student, and also as an employee. Not to mention, college is supposed to be a time in your life filled with fun. Before I get on to the actual routines, let me provide a few tips.
Take the Stairs
Sure, it’s not going to get you ripped and replace leg day, but any exercise is still exercise. By taking the stairs, you’re replacing a bad habit with a good one, which will help you get accustomed to more strenuous exercise in the long run. Think of it this way, if you’re trying to quit drinking soda, you replace the soda with healthier alternatives such as diet tea, before eventually just drinking water. Additionally, in the age of Covid-19, you want to social distance as much as possible. Elevators just aren’t the way to do that. Yikes.
Stop Buying Fast Food
If you’re a regular on my blog, this isn’t the first time you’ve seen the advice “cut down on fast food”. Not only is it expensive, but it is also highly caloric. One of McDonald’s cheeseburgers has 313 calories. Many of their other burgers have 1000+, which isn’t saying anything of other popular restaurants. If you need help being more frugal during college, be sure to check out this post specifically designed to allow you to save money as a college student.
You don’t need to cut them out completely, but do consider cutting down on what you already eat, and replace it with healthier habits. One example is by learning how to cook. This will give you healthier options and provide you with valuable life skills.
SMART Goal for Exercises for College Students
SMART goals is a useful acronym for setting achievable goals through specific means. It stands for Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. Why is this important?
You fail before you even begin if you set a goal that isn’t SMART. This is a big reason for why many people don’t accomplish their new year’s resolutions.
- “I want to lose weight.” – This goal isn’t specific or time-bound. How much weight do you want to lose? And by when? A better goal is, “I want to lose 8 pounds in 2 months.” This gives you a deadline and allows you to measure it.
- “I want to feel happier in a week.” – This goal is time-bound, relevant, and achievable. But it’s not measurable or specific, because you can’t measure happiness. A better way to word this is, “I will do something that I enjoy for 1 hour a day so that I feel happier in one week.”
Similarly, you should treat your exercise goals the same way. If you want to lose weight, then set a specific amount and date. If you want to become more toned, set the number of push-ups you want to be able to do (or another relevant exercise). By using this method, you are dramatically increasing your chances of accomplishing your objective.
I believe this deserves its own section because so many people forget to set goals that are realistic. If this is the first time you’re exercising in years, you most likely are not going to exercise 1 hour a day for a month straight. It’s just not realistic and sets you up for failure before you even start. Likewise, don’t become upset because you missed a day of exercise and ‘ruined your streak’. A better way to look at it is this: if you were to use skittles count the days you exercised (green for exercise, red for none), and you miss one day, the green will still overwhelm the red.
Start exercising for at least 15 minutes a day and gradually increase it. Don’t stop because you were busy and missed a day, or even two or three. Start back again when you feel ready so you don’t abandon your goal.
Use your Campus Gym!
Chances are, your university has a gym. Chances also are that your tuition is already paying for it. Why get a gym membership when you can go down the road for something you’re already paying for?
Quick Exercises for College Students
1. Study Break Routine by Katie Austin
This exercise by Katie Austin requires no extra equipment. This means you don’t even need to leave your dorm or apartment to workout! It’s also only 5 minutes, the perfect exercise for a student to fit in during a study break.
2. Silent Death Cardio by Blogilates
This ultimately stealthy workout by Blogilates is designed for the people with roomates and neighbors. Generally, Cardio produces more noise because of exercises such as jumping jacks. Luckily, this exercise routine contains no jumping, stomping, or running of any kind.
3. 15 Minute Full Body HIIT Workout by Pamela Reif
This exercise routine by Pamela Reif features inspiring music and a killer workout. In 15 minutes, you have the chance to burn anywhere between 80 and 150 kcals. On top of that, you don’t need any equipment and only require a minimal amount of space. Do be warned though, this workout isn’t easy!
4. 7 Minutes to Fabulous Arms by Blogilates
Yes, I’m featuring another video by Blogilates. However, it’s hard to beat apartment-friendly, effective, no-equipment-needed workouts. Casey not only creates routines for students of all experience levels, but she’s also renowned in the world of fitness for her Pop Pilates. In other words, you can trust that she knows what she’s doing.
5. 2 Weeks Shred Challenge by Chloe Ting
This workout was originally designed to be 4 weeks instead of 2, however, after realizing that many people dropped the 4-week routine, Chloe reduced it to 2. After all, you can always repeat the exercise again, and it’s much easier to commit to 2 weeks rather than 4!
Her workout requires only the most basic materials: a room and yourself! It features vibrant, upbeat music and a high-intensity routine designed to test your stamina and strength. If you have the self-discipline, carve out the time to follow the whole 2-week routine!
Now that you’ve got the resources to develop an exercise routine that coincides with your school schedule, it’s up to you to follow through and get that summer body of your dreams! And conquer the freshman 15 of course!
There is no one way to exercise, especially when considering the packed schedule of a busy student. Be sure to let us know of any tricks you have that helped you exercise and if our post helped you! Onwards, determined college student!