Going to the gym can be terrifying, time consuming, or maybe it’s on the other side of campus and your bed is just too comfortable. Whatever your reason is, it shouldn’t deter you from wanting to get active, even if it’s in the comfort of your own room. Working out in your room is not only more convenient, but it can be a great way for you and your roommate to destress, feel good, and most importantly, have fun together! Here are three tips to help you and your roommate start sweating!
Invest in a pack of resistance bands
Resistance bands are one of the most versatile, inexpensive, and portable pieces of exercise equipment you can find. These bands can be used for solo arm and leg exercises, as well as duo arm and leg exercises. One example is the resistance band chest press. One partner stands behind the other, holding one end of the two bands used in this exercise firmly, ensuring that there is tension in the bands. The other partner bends their elbows at 90 degrees and begins to extend their arms outwards, keeping the core tight.
Yoga mats aren’t just for yoga
When doing a dorm room workout, space is most likely your biggest concern. Exercises that can be done in a limited area are your best friend. There are countless workouts you and your roommate can try out that only require a yoga mat or a towel (no one is stopping you from simply laying on the ground either, no judgement, it’s your room). One of my personal favorite workouts is when one partner lays down on the mat and raises both their legs 90 degrees so that their body looks like an “L.” The other partner stands behind the other partner’s head and pushes their legs to the floor. The partner laying down will have to raise their legs, without bending them, back to the 90 degree angle. This works out the abdominals, hip flexors, thigh muscles, and back muscles.
Get creative with your weights
We’re all on a budget, nobody wants to spend their money on weights. Using items you can find in your dining hall, grocery market, or dorm will up your workout game without breaking the bank. For 1-pounders, use bean or soup cans, or dressing. For 2-pounders, use a milk carton, or a bag of rice. For 3-pounders, use bags of fruit. For 4-pounders, use ketchup or a bag of dog food. For 5-pounders, use a bag of flour, or a bag of potatoes. For heavier weights, ranging from 8-10 pounds, use laundry detergent or a gallon of water.