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Bring the gym to your dorm room

Going to the gym can be hard whether it’s intimidating or because there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day; however, there are plenty of quick and easy ways to workout without leaving the residence hall.

Some people like the motivation and structure of work out videos. Not everyone is willing to buy a DVD, but there are plenty of YouTube videos to help work all areas of your body.

First, pull up the video on a laptop or TV, turn it up loud and get ready to move.

Nastassia Sanks, a junior organizational communications major using detergent as a substitute for weights.

YouTube stars like Cassey Ho work well with beginners. She does intense short workouts and has a great personality to keep viewers motivated and energized.

Other channels provide workouts, fitness tutorials and individual exercises that can be done at home as well. Check out YouTube channels such as POPSUGAR Fitness and Fitness Blender to see what works best for your needs.

Of course, not everyone enjoys home workout videos, so feel free to make a specific workout plan tailored to your body. Even if you live above someone in an apartment, there are exercises that can work.

Try plans that include squats, push-ups, crunches, lunges, donkey kicks and leg lifts. These exercises do not require an extra person or any weights and will keep your blood pumping.

If you’re looking for a more intense workout that can be done on a budget in your room, there are a few tricks to do with things around your bedroom.

According to Cosmopolitan, check your pantry for some objects that can be used as a substitute for dumbbells such as a standard bag of onions or potatoes, cans of soup or beans, a bag of oranges or apples, bags of rice or gallons of water.

Daisia Bailey, a freshman early childhood education major using bags of apples as weights.

Your furniture can also be a source of equipment, as well. According to HBFit, use a chair for triceps dips, aerobics or leg raises.

There are plenty of applications on your phone that you can download to work out at home.

Try downloading Sworkit, Daily Workouts Fitness Trainer or any of the other free fitness apps available. Be sure to try a few to find what best suits you.

Do not limit yourself to one type of workout, either. Remember to try things like yoga, dancing, boxing and any other way to keep your body moving.

The important thing is to be comfortable, active and smart, though. Not going to the gym doesn’t have to stop you from working out. You can work those muscles from the comfort of your bedroom.

Story and photos by Ladaezjah Warrens, staff writer. Photo courtesy of stevepb of Pixabay.

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