Being a student can definitely make it hard to fit in time for a workout. However, it is definitely something that will benefit you in the long run to have the energy to do your best at school and work. When you are stressed out because of an upcoming exam or maybe just a bad day, you can relieve stress in a healthy way that also makes you feel great.Having an active and healthy lifestyle can not only boost energy and improve your mood, but it can be a fun way to maintain healthy. There are lots of ways to stay active without having to leave your home. Here are a couple of personal favorites.
1. Jumping Lunge
a) Get in a lunge position with one foot in front and one foot behind with your hips dropped into a squat. (Keep your chest upright throughout complete movement.)
b) Begin with normal lunge, with front leg at an angle in the squat position and back leg behind you.
c) Squat body up into a jump.
d) Replace your feet in the air, moving back leg in front, and front leg in back.
e) Go straight into lunge with opposite legs.
f) Repeat on other leg. Perform 10 reps on one side, and then the other. This counts as one set. Do this four times.
2. Curtsy Lunge
a) Stand with your feet hip-width apart, hands on your hips.
b) Take a large step back with your left leg, crossing it behind your right.
c) Bend your knees and lower your hips until your right thigh is practically corresponding to the floor.
d) Keep your chest upright and your hips and shoulders as straight as possible.
e) Return to start.
f) Repeat on other leg. Perform 10 reps on one side, and then the other. This counts as one set. Do this four times. (Feel free to add weight once you master the form.)
3. Jumping Squat
a) Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms hanging at your sides.
b) Squat down until your knees are bent. (As if you are sitting on a chair)
c) Immediately sway your arms over your head and jump up as high as you can
d) When landing, gently bend your knees and fall back down into the squat position.
e) Repeat 10 reps per set, do four sets. (Swaying your arms will give you momentum so you can catch more air!)
4. One-Leg Squat (with back leg elevated)
-This exercise requires a bench or chair(around one or two feet high).
a) Place your working foot a couple feet away from the chair and place the balance keeping foot flat on the chair.
b) The frontward knee should be inline with the toe of the working foot as you drop down into a squat.
c) Repeat on other leg. Perform 10 reps on one side, and then the other. This counts as one set. Do four sets. (Brace your core a all times.)
5. Skateboard Abs
-This exercise requires a skateboard.
a) Getting into a push-up position, carefully place the skateboard at the tips of your feet and place your hands up in front of you on the floor, shoulder’s width apart.
b) Pull in the skateboard using your core muscles.
c) Pull out the skateboard using core muscles.
d) Repeat 10 reps per set, do four sets.