At-home workouts an alternative to gym

Jennifer Bussiere, a sophomore studying animal and veterinary science, lifts weights as part of an at-home-workout. Canned food and milk cartons filled with water are some alternatives to weights. RACHEL BROWN | Scroll Photography

Finding time to go to the gym on a regular basis can be a challenge for students. At-home workouts are a possible solution during the end-of semester rush.
Noah Bernal, a freshman studying exercise physiology, said that getting up  and moving is the most important thing about exercising.
“Sit-ups, push-ups, squats, lunges and pull-ups are easy exercises to do at home,” Bernal said.
Below are some ideas for an at-home workout:

DANCING

Dancing can be a fun and simple way to exercise.
Playing “Just Dance” on the Wii or just turning on some music and dancing around the room can be good for your heart.
“Dancing is a wonderful exercise, which is great for your heart. Not only that, but it can lift your spirits as well, and give your overall feeling a boost,” according to www.fitwatch.com.

JOGGING IN PLACE

Any exercise that gets your heart rate going can be beneficial.
“You can jog in place at home while watching TV or listening to music. The only equipment you will require is a good pair of shoes, to eliminate any stress to your legs,” according to www. fitwatch.com.

JUMPING JACKS

“These are always fun, as they bring back memories of being a kid. Who hasn’t done jumping jacks for fun as a child? Well, surprise — they are also great cardio exercises, and good for warming up, too,” according to www.fitwatch.com.
Jumping jacks are a good exercise to do while watching TV.

LIGHT WEIGHT LIFTING

Bernal said that any household items can be used for exercising. Soup cans, milk jugs and laundry detergent jugs can be convenient alternatives to weights if you don’t have any at home.
“When I was on my mission, I would fill milk cartons with water and use those as weights,” Bernal said.
Although gym equipment can be expensive Bernal advises people not to “go cheap” when buying equipment.
“Look online or at garage sales for weights and other pieces of equipment. Students are usually trying to sell all their heavy stuff as the semester ends,” said Bernal.
Good weights can also be found at thrift stores for a cheap price.

PUSHUPS

Pushups aren’t always the most popular exercise to do, there are simpler ways to do them and still give your body a workout, according to www.fitwatch.com.
“Do them on your knees, instead of keeping your legs straight. Or, do them standing up against a wall. You will be building up arm strength and working out muscles in your chest area,” according to www.fitwatch.com.

SQUATS

According to www.fitwatch.com, squats are great exercise for your legs.
To reduce stress on the knees, squats can be done from a chair by standing up and sitting down.

WALKING

“If you have a flight of stairs, go up and down them a few times. This will help to tone up your legs, while getting some low-impact aerobic exercise as well,” according to www.fitwatch.com.

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