Lifestyles Center Blog


After syllabus week, the days start getting much busier and the work never stops piling up. Being cooped up inside all day with your face in a book can be nice and all (depending on the book), but it is important to stay healthy even if you don’t seem to have the time. Below you will find five ways to work out when you are too busy to go to the gym.

  1. Start Planking. Let me guess…you already have hundreds of pages of required reading due in the next week. Well, instead of lying down on your bed to read, you can lay your book on the ground and do some planks. Start by planking for as long as it takes you to read a paragraph, and then work yourself up to holding it for half a page, and so on. If you don’t have any assigned readings yet, you can plank while you are waiting for the shower to heat up, while your Keurig is brewing, for up to two minutes as soon as you wake up, or so on and so forth. Don’t feel bad if you can’t hold a plank for two minutes right away. Start off with 15 seconds, and eventually you will work yourself up to two minutes.
  2. Do Some Jumping Jacks. If you still have cable for some reason, a good idea is to do jumping jacks during the commercials. And, if you are like the rest of us and use Netflix instead of cable, you can still find the time to do jumping jacks throughout the day. You can do them while you are waiting for pasta water to boil, while you’re waiting for your roommate to stop hogging the shower, or while your frozen dinner is heating up. Jumping jacks burn about 10 calories per minute, so they’re great, quick work-outs.
  3. Squat While You Wait. An exercise that has gained a lot of popularity is squats. Squats are extremely easy to fit into a busy schedule. You can do them anywhere, anytime. 10 squats at any given time will be plenty for a beginner. Like I said, you can squat anywhere. I do squats in the shower, while brushing my teeth, before I go to bed, when I wake up, etc. Another clever way to fit squats into your day is: instead of dumping your clean laundry on your bed, put them on your floor and do a squat every time you pick something up to fold it. Squats are a workout that really doubles as a utility.
  4. Lunging Instead Of Walking. This one works best if you live off-campus or if you are very comfortable within your residence hall. Lunging instead of walking is a very efficient way to burn some calories. After a while, you won’t even notice you’re doing it! While the people watching you may think you’re out of your mind so you might want to do this exercise in the privacy of your home. 15 minutes of lunging burns over 100 calories.
  5. Run In Place. After a while, studying can take a toll on your mind. Some suggest running in place during study breaks to keep your mind on-track (get it?). Taking a 10-minute jogging break every 40-60 minutes is a good way to keep your blood flowing. Studying for longer than 60-90 minutes can cause excess fatigue. Jogging in place can burn almost 100 calories in 10 minutes.

Written by Sarah Pasquarelli, Peer Educator

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