By Bronwyn White
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 8 of VARSITY.
The gym is a great place to get fit and get the body you want – but it’s not for everyone! Whether it’s because you’re pressed for time, can’t afford the gym fees, or just don’t like working out in front of other people, there may be reasons why you’d prefer to train in the comfort of your own home. But what do you do when home is a dorm room?
If your goal is general fitness, you could go with something like the 5BX plan, an 11-minute exercise set designed to help people of any initial fitness level develop and maintain reasonable cardiac and muscle strength.
If you’re looking to tone down, try planking! All you need for this full-body routine is 10-20 minutes and a yoga mat or patch of carpet. Alternatively, a quick Google search will turn up loads of medicine ball-based toning regimes. Medicine balls don’t take up much space, and if you can’t afford those Sportsmans Warehouse prices, check out this WikiHow on how to make your own.
If you need to work on your cardio, a skipping rope is a cheap way to get an intensive workout. Be aware of the potential knee strain from this kind of exercise – don’t lock your knees and don’t jump higher than you have to. Very importantly, be considerate of your dorm mates.