Can't make it to the gym? The gym may only be open at certain hours or you don't feel like bundling up to brave the cold only to work up a sweat or maybe you are just too embarrassed to exercise in front of others. Never fear, as we've compiled a list of exercises that can be done in small spaces such as a dorm room or small apartment. Ready to burn some calories and avoid the Freshman 15?

6 Easy Exercises To Do In Your Dorm Room

These six easy exercises are in alphabetical order, but feel free to do them in any order you wish.

1. Burpees

burpee

A burpee is a two-part exercise that involves doing a pushup followed by leaping in the air with your arms up.

2. Jumping Jacks

jumping jacks

A jumping jack is also known as a star jump and is known as a side-straddle hop in the US military. You jump with your legs spread apart and hands over your head; you can even clap. Then you return to normal standing up position.

3. Planks

plank

A plank is essentially holding a position with your forearms (or palms if you're stronger) and toes on the ground. Holding your body up strengthens your abdominal muscles and your core strength.

4. Push-Ups

push-ups

A push-up is similar to a plank, but you take it a step further and lower your body down to the floor and back up again. Push-ups are good at strengthening your chest muscles.

5. Sit-Ups

sit-ups

A sit-up is a classic exercise usually introduced to someone at a young age, for instance in a physical education class in elementary school. You lie flat on your back with your legs together with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Place your hand behind your head and raise your upper body until you are sitting upright.

6. Squats

squats

Squats are probably the hardest exercises of all that we have listed, and by hardest, I mean hurt the most as squats work several muscles in your upper body and your lower body. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart with your toes slightly turned outward. Make sure to keep your heels on the ground the entire time. bend your knees as if you are going to sit back in a chair (an invisible chair). Your goal is to get your thighs even with your knees and parallel to the ground. Come back and repeat. Feel the burn the day after.

There you have it, six easy exercises that you can do alone in the comfort of your bedroom, dorm room, apartment, anywhere really, even outside. Why exercise you ask? There are so many benefits of exercising.

10 Benefits of Exercising

Here are ten good reasons to exercise…

  1. Exercise improves your mood and reduces stress.
  2. Exercise boosts your energy level.
  3. Exercise promotes better sleep habits.
  4. Exercise controls weight and helps with weight loss.
  5. Exercise improves your memory and brain functions.
  6. Exercise lowers your blood pressure.
  7. Exercise reduces feelings of depression and anxiety.
  8. Exercise protects you from chronic diseases.
  9. Exercise helps you quit smoking.
  10. Exercise helps your body manage blood sugar and insulin levels.