Jillian Babcock is a college graduate, Board Certified Holistic Health Counselor, and yoga instructor in graining. She has a private practice of helping people to clean up their eating habits, lose weight, and regain their health. She completed her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in New York City after getting her undergrad degree in Psychology from Fairfield University in Connecticut.
There are plenty of exercises you can do in your own dorm room, in a rec field while it’s still nice out this Fall, or in your school’s gym, without any equipment needed at all. As little as 20-30 minutes of simple exercises like these 4-5 times a week can help to have you feeling toned and avoiding the freshman 15!
The goal is to get your heart rate up while you do these moves, so that you’re getting some cardio exercise at the same time that you’re toning. Since each move focuses on a different body part, this easy routine can help to tone your body all over and allow you to see faster results.
Perform the following exercises as a “circuit”, doing one set of each with minimal rest between moves for best results. The faster you can move from one move to the next, the more you will keep your heart rate up and burn even more calories. Pick the plan that sounds most like your current fitness level, and gradually work your way up to more advanced moves over the course of several months.
In addition to doing a circuit like the ones below, simply going for a fast walk outside each day can be a great addition to your fitness routine. Walking can be done anywhere, for example through your campus, and requires no equipment or gym membership. Start by walking for 20 minutes each day and see if you can increase your time and pace gradually so that eventually you can walk for 45 minutes to 1 hour with no rest. An added bonus of walking, especially when done outside in nature, is that it’s great for increasing your mood, keeping up motivation, and adding to your feeling of calmness and mental clarity!