I’m pretty sure there are only two emotions a Dragon can feel toward Drexel’s gym: love or hate. If you love the gym and go there constantly, good for you! I admire your time commitment, dedication and willingness to sweat up a storm in front of your classmates. However, if you’re more like me and the only thing exciting about the DAC was the air conditioning and Landmark, I’ve found some sweat-generating workouts you can do in your dorm or apartment. Many of them just require a yoga mat and some type of weight (hand weight, medicine ball, heavy textbook) that you can easily get for cheap (see Five Below).
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Produced as a 30-day work out plan for 2017, Buzzfeed’s completely underrated Get Fit Challenge is great for students since it involves no jumping or loud noises! Not only is that great for our neighbors but also a benefit to those college students who can’t afford a new sports bra just yet. Using the link above, you can download a step-by-step guide for a 30-day fitness plan that starts off with just 10 minutes a day, four times a week. It’s based on what you can do in the allotted time, so your only competition is yourself.
After searching “15-minute workout video” on Youtube one morning, I found Anna Renderer’s 15-Minute Beginner Workout video from POPSUGAR Fitness, and I’ve been hooked ever since. While they have a few hosts on their channel, Anna is my favorite because she’s always so happy (see gif for proof) and she has some super cute workout clothes! The channel offers a wide variety of workouts with fun names like the “Skinny Jeans Workout” or “Bye Bye Cottage Cheese Thighs” so you can find one that targets the areas you want. So, set aside some time, select how long you want to work out and push play!
If you were looking for a “lazy girl” workout, look no further! This workout involves just three different moves that all start from the floor, giving you a perfect excuse to buy a cute yoga mat. This is a great workout for everyone living with someone below them since most of the moves are completely stationary. Also, you won’t need to ask the guy across the hall for his free weights since there is little equipment needed. They also provide extremely detailed illustrations and instructions for each workout to ensure you’re getting the most out of each move and aren’t risking any injury to your body.
Obviously, we can’t have a fitness article without mentioning Women’s Health magazine since they have one of the best ab workouts I’ve ever done. For the unmotivated exerciser like myself, I love workouts that incorporate rest time in between sets so I know everything will take 15-minutes total and I don’t feel guilty about grabbing some water instead of powering through. This workout, like the one above, comes equipped with helpful illustrations, so you know exactly what to do, even if you’ve never heard of an “Oblique V-up” or a “Rock’n’Raise.”
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The stress of finishing midterms and preparing for finals is already looming upon us, which is why it can be so important to take some time to focus on your body and mind before running between class, food trucks, and the library. This five-minute yoga session helps create harmony with your mind and body and can really make a difference in the productivity of your day. Do as the article suggests and devote the first five minutes of your day in your dorm to some quick yoga poses – your mind and body will thank you later!
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