Physical Health

Turn your digs into your personal gym

By May 14, 2015 Jun 8th, 2015 No Comments

Working out during university years can be tough, especially if your bank account does not afford you the luxury of joining a gym.  Why not try experimenting with the environment around you as a hassle-free way to ensure you are evenly spread when it comes to all things in life!

Believe it or not, even simple things like your desk chair can provide useful tools for losing weight or maintaining fitness.  Using your body as a natural resistance can help you to improve your muscle strength and tone and get you to a healthy weight – without a gym.

Try these 2 simple body resistance exercises in an in-house workout session:

Leg Raises

These will strengthen your quadriceps and calves, increasing stamina and endurance.

  • Sit to the front of your desk chair.
  • Place both feet flat on the floor, hip distance apart so that you form right angles at your knees and hips.
  • Raise your heels off the ground, lifting your knees as high as possible, fully extending your calves.
  • Hold for 2-3 seconds before lowering.
  • Repeat 15-20 times in three sets.

Chair Dips

This great exercise works your triceps, tummy and glutes.

  • Move to the front of your seat, lifting your body off the chair, keeping right angles at your knees and your feet flat.
  • Slowly lower yourself down towards the floor, keeping your arms perpendicular to the chair’s surface.
  • In one powerful movement, push yourself back to the starting position, keeping your tummy and butt muscles tight.
  • Repeat 15-20 times in three sets.

An even better way to lose weight and tone the body is to combine body resistance with a regular cardio routine. It costs nothing to do 50 star jumps and squats in your room or to go for a run around the block.  By combining a short period of high intensity cardio with an exercise that works your body and slows down your heart rate, you will ensure maximum results.

A great investment to make once you get into your exercise program would be to look at purchasing kettle bells or a TRX (suspension trainer) to maximise your resistance training and another dimension to any workout you choose to do. Until then, there’s no harm in using what’s at hand such as tins from the store cupboard, a hand towel for stretching or even a paper towel to jump over – it’s all about being creative with your exercise plan!

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