Dorm Room Workout: Quickie Study Break Exercises
December has arrived, which means that one very exciting thing is on its way: winter break! Unfortunately, finals, papers and projects stand in the way of that glorious freedom. Unless you go to a school with no final exams or homework (and please, let me know if there is such a place), you’re about to spend a lot of time sitting down to study.
When you’ve been sitting for a long time, it’s easy to get sleepy and distracted. So why not get up and do a little quickie workout? Working a little exercise into your study routine will get your blood flowing and help you concentrate. It’s a win-win.
You can go as big or small as you like with this one. Try letting your chin fall to your chest to stretch out your neck, or bend down to touch your toes. Stretching will increase blood flow throughout your body, which will help you feel more awake. Stretching also helps tone the muscles. If you want to do the splits, you go, girl.
2. Hold in Plank Position
Plank position is the foundation of many exercises. It seems simple, but it’s not. Holding in plank position is an intense abdominal workout, and also strengthens your arms and back. You can choose to hold your plank with straight arms, or bent arms, like in this video.
3. Quick Cardio
Jumping jacks. Running in place. High knees. These are all probably exercises you did in middle school P.E., and it’s time to bring them back. Get out of your chair and wake up with a cardio blast. Check out this video for some great ideas.