Student Life

The Dorm Room Workout

Working out in college can be difficult, especially on days when you have a lot of studying to do, or it’s snowing/raining and you can’t seem to justify walking all the way to your school’s gym. It doesn’t seem like you have a lot of options. However, you can’t let the small space in your dorm room fool you.  There are simple exercises you can do in small spaces that will get the job done.

Cardio. You don’t have to go outside for a jog; just throw on one of your favorite TV shows or some music, and you can jog in place right in your dorm room!

Dancing is another great way to get your cardio in, and it’s probably one of the easiest workouts to do.  Just throw on some of your favorite music, and dance. You can even recruit your roommate to join you.

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Strengthening exercises. Exercises like pushups, crunches, squats, and lunges are all relatively easy exercises you can do in small spaces. You can even add textbooks under your feet to make pushups harder. You may just want to be sure to add some padding under your back; dorm room floors aren’t that comfortable.

Stretching. While stretching itself won’t burn a lot of calories, stretching before and after your workout can help you with your workout. However, in an article we read in USA Today, you want to make sure that your stretches before you work out are more “active” stretches that mimic the movements that you’ll be doing in your workout.

Your workouts don’t have to be complicated.  Especially if you don’t have a lot of time, there are ways that you can still fit your workout in along with writing 2 papers and studying for exams.

Here’s a playlist we’ve put together to help you get pumped up for your workout:

1. Teenage Crime – Adrian Lux

2. Disco Heat – Calvin Harris

3. Night by Night – Chromeo

4. Jeffer – Boys Noize

5. Horsepower – Justice

6. Hearts on Fire – Cut Copy

7. Touch It – Daft Punk

8. Strict Machine – Goldfrapp

9. Elliot Uppercut – Jupiter

10. New Lands – Justice

11. Dancing on My Own – Robyn

12. Trash – The Whip

13. Work – The 2 Bears

14. Titanium – David Guetta featuring Sia

15. Take Over Control – Afrojack

Other References:

“The Best Workouts to Do in a Dorm Room” by Joshua Duvauchelle

“What Are Some Aerobic Activities I Can Do In My Dorm Room?” By Natasha Puryear

“Simple Dorm Room Exercises” by Shelley Frost

 “Does Stretching Burn Calories?” By Toby Pendergrass


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