Midterms are fast approaching: An inordinate amount of chocolate and coffee is about to be consumed. Your butt will get that numb, I’ve-been-stuck-in-a-chair-all-day feeling (yeah, you know what I’m talking about). Not to mention your brain will start feeling like it’s about to explode if you have to write one more word or do another math problem.
My solution to this is a 5-minute body-weight workout, which I can do from the comfort of my dorm room. These workouts will break up long periods of studying, and get more blood flowing to your brain so that you can think more clearly. The post-workout endorphins will put you in a better mood (your roommates will thank me for that one), so that when you sit back down again to study, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to tackle some more work.
- 25 jumping jacks
- 10 push-ups (modification: do the push-ups on your knees)
- 15 squat jumps (modification: do regular squats)
- 10 tricep dips
- 20 chair step-ups (more advanced: try jumping onto the chair instead)
- 20 squats
- 10 burpees*
- 10 tricep pushups (modification: do the push-ups on your knees)
- 20 lunges (more advanced: try jumping up when switching legs)
- 10 hollow rocks*
BONUS: 1-minute (or as long as you can) wall sit to work your legs a little more
*These moves are linked to a video of how to do them, in case you haven’t seen them before.
I also compiled a playlist (below) with some of my current favorite workout jams that will get you pumped and make these workouts all the more fun. And if your sweat sesh turns into a dance party… well, I can’t say I’d blame ya!
Photos courtesy of Melissa Rose, first-year environmental sciences student.