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Everyone knows it is hard to get to the gym with the crazy college schedule we all have. Here are a few ideas for exercises to do in your dorm room at anytime of the day in your college years!

1. Plank

Planks are a great and easy way to get in some exercise while in a tiny dorm room. Planks are a great full body exercise and definitely help to flatten out your stomach. Start with 30 seconds and then try to increase by 15 seconds each day.

2. Squats

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Squats are a great cardio move for a small space. Squats help to raise your heart rate and build muscle in your legs. Start with 10 squats and then try to increase from there. Make sure your knees don’t go over your toes when you do the squat.

3. Jumping Jacks

Jumping jacks are a great quick cardio move to do in your dorm room. You can do them by counting or setting a timer. They are a great and easy way to raise your heart rate, work on cardio and burn calories.

4. Crunches

Crunches are a quick way to work on your abdominal muscles. Keep your elbows wide, don’t pull on your neck, and look straight up to the ceiling, which helps with not pulling too much on your neck. Try to do 20 the first day and then build from there.

5. Push ups

Push ups are a great way to build arm, chest and back muscles. Start with 10 and build from there. Watch to make sure your back doesn’t arch and keep your head level with your body.

6. Mountain climbers

Mountain climbers are a really great mix of a cardio and abdominal exercise. Mountain climbers work your whole body, especially if you bring your knee to the opposite side of your chest. Start with 30 seconds and work up from there.

7. High Knees

High knees work your calves, hamstrings, quads and abdominal muscles. They are great for working on running form and are a great cardio move. Make sure you engage your core and pump your arms back and forth. Try doing it for a minute and then build up the time from there.

8. Wall Sit

 

Wall sits are the perfect dorm room exercise for building your quads and hamstrings. Make sure your knees are hip width apart and your legs are at a right angle. Pick up your heels and go on the balls of your feet for an extra calf workout.

9. Burpees

Burpees are a great fat-blasting workout for your core, legs and chest. It will definitely raise your heart rate even if you do if only for 30 seconds. To do a burpee start by standing, then squat down placing your hands on the ground, kick both your feet back so you are in push up position, do one push up and then jump your feet back forward, stand up and jump.

10. Leg Raises

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Leg raises are another great ab and leg exercise. Lay on the ground on your back, put both hands under your tailbone, put your feet up to the ceiling and then lower your feet to the ground and back up again. They are a great exercise for you upper abdominal muscles and your oblique muscles.


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Catherine Ellsworth

Catherine is originally from Connecticut. She is now studying engineering at Purdue University. She is interested in all things Purdue, fashion and writing.


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