Imagine not having to go to the gym to get a good workout. This sounds like a dream to most, since going to the gym requires a long trek in the snow and some serious time commitment. Many students on campus have found creative solutions to get fit in the dorm.
From decks of cards to several unique apps, here are six ideas that anyone can use to stay in shape from the comforts of your own room.
It seems now that there’s an app for everything — including workouts.
The Fitness Coach app by Luni receives an average of 4.4 stars and allows access to programs specifically related to personal goals. This app allows tracking of personal workouts as well as a workout regimen which attracts student athletes such as Sophomore Chrissy Hickman. It also allows various time lengths, but “most of the ones I do are only 10 minutes,” said Hickman.
The Fitness Coach app allows you not only to get fit from your room, but the workouts are also easy to fit into a busy schedule.
Beachbody On Demand is another resource used by students from the comfort of their room. This app provides programs that range from dance to strength training with easy, moderate and hard levels.
The versatility of this app earned itself a rating of 4.9 stars, and provides the opportunity to engage with a variety of workouts, keeping the users on their toes physically and metaphorically.
Beyond apps that provide specific regimen, some students have utilized the wide varieties presented to them through Youtube.
Kacy Bragg, a Junior volleyball player at Taylor University, gravitates toward anything she can find that is under thirty minutes and includes a HIIT format. In addition, she then moves to a more relaxing video of yoga instruction and recommends the channel Sarahbethyoga.
Bragg said that from her perspective, working out through these videos is “a huge stress reliever, and I feel like I can really push myself and get a good sweat.”
HIIT and bodyweight workouts are trending in at-home fitness, and Freshman Elizabeth Neishella has also found Youtube to be helpful in seeking out fitness training. Neishella said, “I don’t really have one specific person I use, but growingannanas on Youtube has some good workouts that always leave me sore!”
If online resources do not sound alluring, then perhaps a deck of cards is the way to go!
Get Republic released a deck of cards titled Get Fit, which includes 100 different exercises that include pictures guiding the user through the exercise. These cards could be shuffled and drawn at random, or sorted through and compiled to target a certain area. Either way, there are 100 exercises at your fingertips!
Lastly, if purchasing a deck of cards designed for fitness is too great an expense, just pick up a standard deck, and there are many ways to utilize them to build a workout!
Some ways that a standard deck can be used is through the assignment of numbers or suits to exercises, and then selecting at random. Perhaps the suits could indicate a category such as legs, arms, full body or abs, or the numbers could be tied to jumping jacks, pushups, burpees, lunges, situps and more! This is a great way to combine structure and personal creativity in workouts.
No matter what method is chosen, each of these options are simple enough to do from the comforts of anywhere that is called home.