7 Workouts Even The Laziest Students Could Do
Students are not renowned for their good habits. All that learning and studying gets in the way of developing positive, healthy life choices. But with a little ingenuity, you can fit a few small exercises into your daily routine to build a better, fitter you.
1. The book up.
When you’re up all night studying and your head has collapsed onto your book, don’t give into exhaustion. Take this opportunity to push yourself up into a sitting position. Do ten reps and feel your abs and triceps grow.
2. Walking to class (or to the pub).
Like most students, you’ll have realised that losing the bus pass will free up some funds every month, and give you plenty of good exercise. Well, saying so ain’t gonna exercise anything but your jaw. Go for it.
3. Stack lifting.
Books are heavy. That means that libraries, in addition to being vast stores of knowledge, are also full of free weights. When you’re looking for sources, throw an extra textbook or two on the pile; you may get an extra quote, you’ll definitely give yourself a quick workout.
4. Bed sit-ups.
How can you find the effort to exercise when getting out of bed seems a task worthy of Hercules? Split the difference by doing some sit-ups in bed. And when you’re so exhausted you can’t do anymore, well, you’re already in bed.
5. Procrastination posture.
Even doing nothing can be productive. The next time you’re stuck at a computer, working on an essay (by watching YouTube videos), put one of those books you’re not reading on your head and try and sit up straight for the whole time. The strain and effort this will take will be the best workout you’ve had in weeks.
6. Library squats and jumps.
When looking for books in the library, ignore the middle shelves; that’s where everyone else is going to look. No, the hidden gems are kept on the high and low shelves. Do some squats to grab low down books and jump to get the high ones. If someone looks at you funny, blow them away with your rock hard leg muscles.
7. Answer questions in lectures.
Sure, you’re used to sitting in the back and keeping quiet, but if you put your hand up for every question, your shoulder muscles will be getting as much of a workout as your brain. Bonus points if you use a pencil too; extra height plus extra weight.
And if all that fails, just go for it on the dancefloor the next time you’re out.