By Gabriella Ianiro
Some mammals hibernate in the winter, meaning that they are dormant for a few months in order to preserve energy. Many of us humans tend to hibernate during the year’s cold months too. We use the excuse that it’s too cold to do anything. Exercise? That’s out of the question for sure.
However, there are ways to stay active without having to endure the harsh weather. For starters, join a gym. If that is not an option, then creating a workout routine at home is simple. Working out at home eliminates expense, packing a gym bag, commute, parking and, of course, waiting for equipment—so no excuses!
It takes very little effort to set aside at least 30 minutes of your day to work up a sweat. Cardio and strength training can easily be navigated with practically no equipment by performing short circuit routines. Short circuits are when you perform different exercises with minimal rest in between them, keeping your heart rate up.
Here is a short circuit to try in your dorm room or bedroom:
Abs: Crunches (25 reps)
Chest: Push-Ups (20 reps)
Legs: Squats (20 reps)
Cardio: Jump Rope
Rest for 2 minutes after each circuit; repeat this as many times as you can in 20-30 minutes.
“I love the idea of this – first of all, it’s
free. Second, it really makes me realize that it doesn’t take much to get a little work out in,” said Alyssa Mayor, a Public Relations major. Keeping yourself active throughout the cold brutal months will keep you feeling healthy and doing a little bit of work will pay off. Remember: once winter is over, bikini season arrives.