Stay Fit In College: [Work Out In Your Dorm]

Finding the Right Gaiam Yoga MatDo you like having a snack late at night when struggling with your homework?

Or too many Double Chocolatly Chip Frappuccino orders before class?

Maybe you will consider an option of regular training in…no, not the gym.

In your dorm!

Top workouts to stay fit and healthy in college

College is the time when you become independent, enjoy your freedom, make new friends and experience new emotions.

However, you should not forget that the primary goal and the most part of your time will be occupied with hard studying.

Do you remember yourself asking your group mates “Could you do my science homework?” or placing a request “Are you able to do my paper for me?” at one of top essay services?

Classes, homework, extra meetings, and assignments can make you exhausted as well as staying up late to complete your work may negatively impact your health state.

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To keep fit and full of energy for new achievements, you have to regularly exercise, and not necessarily in the gym.

Stay fit by training in the dorm 

How many times have you found yourself with a sandwich working on another research paper late at night?

While you can handle this with the help of writing agencies which you can find on such resources as top writing services on, another problem becomes getting back in shape (unless you find it attractive to have some extra weight).

Attending the gym may become a useful but quite expensive habit, luckily, there are many other ways to keep fit and save your money. For example, YouTube features free and effective workouts that can be applied in your apartment or dorm.

Regular training sessions lower the risk of diseases, reduce stress, and, of course, help to lose weight. Doctors recommend us at least 2-3 workouts per week with at least two hours of training each to achieve results quickly.

Besides, there should be all kinds of exercises combined such as cardio, exercises for strength, and also stretching. If you plan to exercise in the dorm yourself, then pay attention to these basic principles: 

  1.   Cardio. This kind of physical activity activates groups of large muscles and is done in a monotonous way which enhances the blood rate. Cardio training should last a minimum of two hours (with moderate intensity) and include such actions as running, playing tennis, bicycling, hiking uphill, dancing, or water aerobics. They help to make your heart and lungs stronger, reduce fatigue, power memory and even fight signs of anxiety and depression while helping you sleep well;
  2. Strength. This kind of workout increases the mass of your muscles which results in high physical endurance. It brings you such advantages as stronger muscles, enhanced metabolism and less risk of injuries and is recommended to perform at least a few times a week (pay attention to the groups of muscles like arms, shoulders, legs, back, etc). For this kind of training use weight exercises, press for chest and legs, pushups (obviously), crunches, and also squats;
  3.     Stretching. In addition to growing, your muscles need to be stretched. It gives you flexibility and just helps you to feel better (especially important to do it before and after your cardio or strength workouts). For instance, you can use such exercises as:

          Try to pull the muscle to its farthest place and hold for 30 seconds (static);
          Same as the previous one, just with the help of a partner (passive);
          Swinging arms or legs at increasing speed (dynamic). 

If you don’t have much space available or money for the gym, training in the dorm is a great idea.

You can google lessons on YouTube (for example, yoga courses), use Pinterest (you can find here examples of exercises), Fitness Blender (a website with over five hundred free workout videos) or watch SparkPeople TV which is fitness aimed channel.

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BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.

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