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Pinterest Interest | Gym-Free Workout

Month two of 2015 is officially underway. February is typically represented by Valentine’s Day and cold weather, but it also tends to be the month that marks the beginning of the end of the New Year’s resolutions we made ambitiously in December.

While the Wellness Center may have been consistently packed in the early January mornings with those hoping to honor their resolutions, my guess is that a majority of them have slowly started going to the gym less and less since the first of January.

Let me be the first to say that I sympathize wholeheartedly with anyone who doesn’t have the drive or even the interest in making it to the gym every day.

Don’t get me wrong; I think we at North Dakota State are lucky to have such a nice wellness center packed with great equipment and staff, but I personally find it hard to work up the energy or courage (gym-timidation is a real thing, folks) to get to the gym every day.

That being said, the Health & Fitness tab on Pinterest offers smart ideas for workouts that can be done from the comfort of your home if you don’t feel like going to the gym. There are tons of fitness ideas to be found on Pinterest, so these are just some inspired mostly by a pin from srtrends.com.

Cardio:

  1. Running the stairs in your building, given that it’s not unreasonably late at night
  2. Jogging or marching in place
  3. Jumping jacks
  4. Dancing — one of my favorites. Dancing around and belting out lyrics for an entire song really does get your heart rate up.
  5. Mountain climbers
  6. Burpees
  7. Jumping rope

Arms:

  1. Dips with a chair or bed
  2. Triangle wall push-ups or standard push-ups
  3. Curls with something decently heavy, like a textbook — might as well do something extra with your books considering you spent hundreds of dollars on them.

Legs:

  1. Squats
  2. Lunges
  3. Again, going up and down the stairs in your building.

Core:

  1. Sit-ups
  2. Crunches (and variations)
  3. Russian twists
  4. Planks (front and side)
  5. Leg raisers

Like I said, these are just a few ideas out of the nearly endless selection. More workout tips, exercises and tutorials can be found in the Health & Fitness tab on Pinterest. Make sure to check it out the next time you can’t — or don’t want to — make it to the gym.

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