Going off to college is an exciting time, yet there is one big thing that is typically dreaded – the freshman 15. In case you have never heard of the freshman 15, it is common of incoming freshman to gain 15 pounds during their first year of college. This could be due to a lot of different factors: it could be because you are going out to eat more with friends, you are consuming more processed foods, you are going to the gym less, or you may just be adopting a more sedentary lifestyle overall. Avoiding the freshman 15 should be a top priority of yours since it is super important that you take care of your bodily health. College is stressful enough, let’s not add health concerns to the list of things to stress about. In order to combat the freshman 15, here are the best at home workouts that you can do during this quarantine season! Feel good and look good this freshman year guaranteed.
1. Dance Workouts
One of the best at home workouts that you can do is simply dancing! It is easy and allows you to burn some calories whilst listening to your favorite music. If you find yourself grooving already to the music you have on, you should consider getting up fully and moving to it. If choreographing your own dance moves feels too awkward for you, a great youtube account under the name of MadFit offers a range of dance workout programs that will help you break a sweat, but will also make sure you are having fun while doing it.
2. Toning Workout Challenges
A great way to beat the freshman 15 is through toning your body. Some great toning exercises are push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups. It can be hard to know where to start when you decide you want to start toning up your body, luckily YouTubers such as Chloe Ting have toning work out programs that will help you tone any part of your body.
3. HIIT Workouts
The best at home workout for blasting an insane amount of calories in a short period of time are HIIT workouts. HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval Training, and it will have your heart racing and you dripping sweat within just a couple minutes. Sydney Cummings is a great fitness Youtuber if you are on the hunt for good facilitated HIIT workouts. Her workouts are effective and she is highly encouraging and, trust me, the encouragement is helpful when you feel like your body is going to give out. On the other hand, if you want to personalize your own HIIT workout, you can simply look at the chart below and get going that way.
4. Strength Building Workouts For Beginners
If you want to build your muscle content so that your body is better able to maintain weight, strength building is just the thing for you. Growing your muscle content raises your BMR (basal metabolic rate) so that you are able to burn more calories at rest. Strength building can be done by lifting weights, but it could also be done by following programs such as the ones off of Body Project. This youtube channel posts videos that are catered to an audience that wants to increase their fitness levels and they have an array of strength workout videos for people at any fitness level.
5. Yoga Workouts
Yoga is a relaxing way to beat the Freshman 15. Contort your body, hold the positions, and find peace of mind. This exercise is best for stressed individuals who want to be of a healthy mind and body. A great Youtube channel if you want a guided workout is PsycheTruth. The yoga instructors guide you through different positions and guide your breathing too. It will feel like you are in a yoga studio even though you are participating at home.
6. At-Home Pilates
Pilates is a great way to build your cardio endurance and strength capabilities. It typically focuses on tightening up your core and aligning your posture. It requires low-impact flexibility, so if you need to baby-step into yoga, this might be the right choice for you. A great option for people who want to get started in pilates and want to lose the dreaded freshman weight they gained is the pilates workouts found on Move With Nicole Youtube channel. She is great at uplifting her audience and pushing them to new lengths!
7. Muscle Building Workouts
If you want to grow your muscles and get “swole” lifting heavier weights is the direction you should head in. If you don’t want to go in blindly with the kind of heavyweight workouts you should be doing, I recommend the Youtube channel BarbarianBody. The account offers ways to build your muscle with and without equipment and offers ways of doing so for viewers anywhere in their fitness journey.
8. Isolation Workouts
The last of the best at home workouts you can do to fight off the freshman 15 is isolation workouts. This can look like focusing on arms and doing small circular movements with them in the forward and backward direction, or it could be doing varied different types of squats all day. Regardless of which region of the body you choose to isolate, you will see results from committing to exercising them. Just don’t forget to do every portion of your body! The best Youtube account that I have found that show good examples of some isolation workouts is PopSugar Fitness. This account has loads of videos that focus on different regions of the body. Get skinny arms, toned legs, and a fit core through doing any of the isolation workouts on their page!
These are the best at home workouts to help you prevent or diminish the dreaded Freshman 15! They are easily accessible and unquestionably beneficial. Which of these workouts will you try first? Let us know which ones you try and which are your favorites down in the comments!
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Hello! My name is Sara Bowers and I am a Senior at Azusa Pacific University where I am double majoring in Allied Health and Honors Humanities and minoring in Psychology. As a young girl, I loved to write and English became my favorite subject very quickly. The sciences also intrigued me and I was often told to choose one path, but I did not want to sacrifice either of my passions. It turns out I didn't have to and thanks to the many novels read in my Humanities courses and the writing prompts I tackled alongside them, my love of writing was further affirmed and I grew more confident that I made the correct decision in pursuing both paths. I have a heart for helping people by any means necessary, so if that means helping someone with a physical ailment, informing someone of the best places to eat, or giving tips to calm anxiety, I am all for it. So, there you have it - that's me! Thank you for taking the time out of your day to get to know me a little bit! I hope you stop by and check out more of my articles in the future!