5 Dorm-Approved Workout Ideas

College is notorious for packing on the pounds. You’re stress-eating foods that probably aren’t very good for you, and if you’re super-involved on campus, you rarely have time to hit the gym. That’s why simple dorm workouts are the way to go. They’re quick and easy, don’t require extra equipment and can be done in between classes. Try these to tone up!

  1. 5-Minute Workout

This one relies on you doing the exercises as fast and hard as you can, and works your full body. Each exercise is performed for 50 seconds full-out, followed by a rest for 10 seconds before starting on the next one. If you have a bit more than five minutes, do a few circuits for even better results.

Here are the five moves: lateral lunges, push ups, switch lunges, body walks and side hurdles.

  1. Get Great Abs

Put those textbooks to good use for something besides studying! Adding weight to your ab workouts for resistance works your muscles even harder. Do sit-ups while holding your heaviest textbook over your head. Hold for a second once your shoulder blades are off the ground, then slowly ease back into a laying position. Do circuits of 20 and keep working to further the amount you can do.

  1. Energy Boost

Instead of pumping yourself full of sugar and caffeine during a late-night study session, do a quick cardio session for some energy. Do a few sets of 20 mountain climbers and then a set of jumping jacks to get your blood pumping and your energy level up.

If you want to switch it up, try running in place while pumping your knees high, or variations like toe touch jumping jacks and frog jumps. You get the immediate benefits of energy along with toning a bit more each time you do this.

  1. Tone Your Muscles

Yoga is a great exercise for dorms because all you need is your body. It’s ideal for someone who wants a lean, toned body without bulking up. For this workout, all you need is a cycle of four poses two to five times a week: plank, chaturanga, side plank and chair. If you want to keep going, there are tons more yoga poses, as well as variations on each one of them to make them a bit more difficult.

  1. Work Your Lower Half

Squats are probably one of the most hated exercises, but they definitely get the job done. Keep your knees behind your toes and lower yourself down to a 90-degree angle. If you have trouble getting the shape right, use your desk chair to help out. Act like you’re about to sit down, but pull up before you do.

If you want to add an extra boost, jump out of the sitting position each time. Start with three sets of ten and work your way to more.


Don’t let that freshman — or senior! — 15 take over your body. Do these workouts in between classes, extracurricular activities and studying and make your friends envious of the body you’re getting even without going to the gym all the time.

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