Your Dorm Room Is Just As Effective As UREC

You want to find time for UREC but you only have 20 or 30 minutes extra to your day. Walking all of the way there and all of the way back or even trying to find parking could take you that long or maybe longer. Your dorm room or bedroom may seem small but to do a successful workout you only need space the size of a yoga mat to complete your workout. I myself have been doing workouts in my bedroom every morning I wake up. It gets my day started without the hassle of trying to get to the gym. You might be wondering what kind of workout can you even do in the space the size of a large closet. Will it even be effective? Don’t I need gym equipment? Don’t worry; I have answers for all of those questions and more and examples of Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and blog accounts to follow to get free easy to do workouts in the comfort of your bedroom.

Will my workout be effective?

According to body weight workouts can be just as effective as a weight routine. It allows your joints to distress and helps your body lose fat. Of course using heavy weights and equipment is one way to get the beach body of your dreams it is not the only way. Doing a quick 20 to 30 minute bodyweight exercise is enough to help your body lose weight or maintain the weight that you are now while gaining muscle mass. If you did want to add extra weight to your exercises some dumbbells are cheap and small enough to stow away under a bed or in a closest. If you don’t have the extra cash or time to buy these Cosmopolitan has a list of “17 Household Items That Work Just as Well as Weights”:

  • 1-Pounders:
    • Cans of soup or beans
    • Bottle of salad dressing
    • Bottle of vinegar
    • Cutlery
  • 2-Pounders:
    • Cartons of soy milk
    • Small bag of rice
  • 3-Pounders
    • Bag of apples
    • Bag of onions
    • Bag of oranges
  • 4-Pounders
    • Fridge-door ketchup bottle
    • Bag of pet food
    • Medium pumpkin
  • 5-Pounders
    • Large bag of rice
    • Standard bag of potatoes
    • Standard bag of flour
  • 8-Pounders
    • Gallon of water or milk
  • 10-pounders
    • Large bottle of laundry detergent says that studies show that even just 15 minutes is enough to boost your metabolism. Waking up just a little bit earlier and getting the workout done in your bedroom is enough to keep you happy and healthy.

Where can I find these workouts?

This one is easy. Take a look at your Instagram explore page and in less than five minutes I can almost guarantee that you will find a fitness account giving you examples of quick and easy workouts. Fitness gurus such as Kayla Itsines, Anna Victoria and Karina Irby share inspirational pictures and transformations on their Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts but sometimes they will even share quick workouts and videos that can all be done at home with little to no equipment. If you go to their websites or blogs they will have even more sample workouts to do.

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Each of these women has guidebooks that you can buy as well and are around $40 to $60. That can seem a bit pricey but once you buy the book you can complete the guidebook as many times as you want while still seeing results. I myself have used Kayla Itsines since I was a junior in high school, it works and the exercises are quick (less than half an hour) and challenging so I can feel my body getting a good workout all while in the comfort of my own bedroom. If those are not in your price range, no fear, there are many more free options to check out. Pinterest is a great social media website for free workouts of any kind. Just simply type in a few key words such as “at home workouts” and hundreds of results will come up. You can even narrow it down to the specific kinds of workouts you would like to do from cardio to abs to legs. Using Pinterest can keep you from getting into a workout rut of doing the same routine over and over since there are so many options in workouts. Here is an example of a free at home workout that you can find on Pinterest when you type in the keywords “at home workout” it should take about 20 minutes:

  • 15 squat jumps
  • Five pushups
  • 25 high knees
  • Seven burpees
  • 10 lunges
  • Seven squats
  • Five pushups
  • 10 lunges
  • Five pushups
  • Seven squats
  • 15 squat jumps
  • One minute wall sit
  • Five pushups
  • 25 high knees
  • Repeat three times

Workouts range from beginner to advanced levels. also gives free workouts that you can do at home. This is your one stop shop website for any information you would like to know about fitness and health. Professionals much like the Instagram fitness gurus make these workouts only this website has free information instead of paying for a guidebook so this may be your number one free option when looking for quick effective workouts that you know were made by a trusted fitness trainer.

UREC is an amazing workout facility and we are so fortunate to go to a school that provides us with such but sometimes you just don’t have time to make the trek out there. Next time you are scrambling for time but still wanted to get a quick workout in remember that even 15 minutes can be effective for your health and there are many outlets to choose from when trying to find a workout that fits you. From pricey to free check out the examples and find one that works best for your body. That dorm room and those extra gallons of water won’t seem so useless after all.

Peace, Love and DDP,



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