Exercises for Small Spaces (Like Your Dorm)
Exercising should be part of everyone’s daily routine. Some people prefer to exercise at the gym, while others prefer to exercise in the comfort of their own homes. Not everyone has a large space to exercise in. If you’re someone who lives in a small space (like a dorm), here are some exercises just for you, along with an explanation for each!
Remember to take your time to do each exercise carefully so you don’t hurt yourself. Start slowly and if you need to, look for pictures of videos online of the moves. Most importantly, listen to your body and don’t push yourself too hard!
- Calf Raises
Start by standing up straight. Then, raise the heels of your feet and stand on the tips of your toes. Your feet should look like you slipped on a pair of heels. Afterward, lower the heels of your feet, returning to the starting position.
- Leg Raises
Lie down on your back. Keep your legs straight and your feet together. You may place your arms above your head or keep them at your side. While keeping your legs straight and together, slowly raise them up and then back down.
- Jumping Jacks
Stand up tall. Keep your feet together and your arms by your side. As you jump, kick your feet to the side and you raise your arms above your head. You should look like a standing starfish. Next, you jump once again but this time bringing your arms back down by your side and your feet together once again.
Stand straight with your feet apart and your toes facing forward. Your feet should be a little wider than hip-width. Bend your knees as if you are sitting on a chair. Your knees should be at about a 90-degree angle. Then, stand up and return to your starting position.
- Hip Lifts
Lie down on your back and bend your knees, placing your feet on the ground. Your knees should be at least a good hip-distance apart. You could put your hands behind your head or keep them on your side. Then, raise your hips and lower them back to the starting position.
Begin by standing up straight with your feet apart. Then bend down forward and place your hands on the floor. Your hands should be in front of your feet. Put some weight onto your hands and walk them forward and then backward. Finally, stand up straight once again, keeping your feet apart.
- Wall Sits
Find a wall and stand straight with your back against it. Then, pretend you are sitting on a chair and push your back up against the wall. You could keep your arms on your side or straight in front of you. As you remain in that position, you should feel the tension in your thighs.
Stand up straight. Step forward with one foot and bend your knees. Your knees should be bent to about 90 degrees. Then, push yourself back up and return to your starting position. Alternate legs.
Lie down on your back. Keep your arms by your side or behind your head. With your legs, pretend you are peddling on a bike. If you’d like, you could find a partner to do this exercise with. All you have to do is place your feet against theirs and peddle together.
- High Knees
Stand up straight with your feet hip-width apart. Next, begin jogging on the spot. While still jogging, try to lift your knee as close to your chest as you can.
While doing these exercises, you should repeat the steps several times to benefit from each of them. After doing a number of repetitions, take a short break before starting another set. See if you can do two or three sets, with 10 to 20 repetitions for each set.
If you had no idea which exercises you could do in a small space, now you have ten! No need to go all the way to the gym or find a bigger space to exercise in. When finished, you will feel just as good as if you were exercising in a larger area!