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Dorm Room Workouts

The Freshman 15 is an Elective, Not a Requirement

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  • I am living in a small apartment, these are great, except that the downstairs neighbor is a noise fascist! I cannot walk let alone try any activity without a knock at the door and a disturbing discussion about quiet hours. Are there any cardio activities that are quiet or am I doomed to have to go outside for this? - 10/3/2014 1:23:36 PM
  • Great article - 9/23/2013 9:00:42 PM
  • ANIMATOR606432
    Jumping rope is the choose at my dorm currently. It's not HUGE but it's big enough to where I can jump rope with a decent amount of space. The issue I have is eating. It's not that I even eat to much, it's that I have to eat SO early that I end up hungry at strange hours in the night.
    Add that to the fact that i'm working out as well and i'm worried that I won't lose any weight. I don't snack very often, and I limited myself to the desert bar. Maybe i'll have 2 or three oatmeal cookies. Sometimes I pig out eating lactose free soft served ice cream and cake. - 9/16/2013 9:01:32 PM
  • Great article. My college years was the bomb. I didn't start putting on weight until I got married and had children. - 9/16/2013 7:28:32 PM
  • I actually took gym classes in college (something I swore I'd never do when I left high school). I did fencing and self defense. We had a great gym and it was pretty far from my dorm so it was good exercise just getting there.

    - 9/16/2013 11:44:46 AM
  • Although I am very far from my college years, I plan on taking from this when I am traveling this summer! - 6/6/2013 6:09:02 AM
  • I was probably my most fit ever when I was in college. The gym we had was state of the art, and my friends and I went every other day or more. There really is no excuse when you are in college, especially with a gym available to you. My dream is to have that available to me now! But alas, I am doing home workouts instead (which are working good too). - 3/19/2013 9:44:06 AM
  • Now how much of that weight is from actually eating rather than all the calories taken in by the binge drinking that college is also notorious for...? - 1/13/2013 8:37:45 PM
  • When I was in college, I actually lost 15-20lbs during my freshman and sophomore years. The school had a free gym that was within walking distance and fresh fruit in the dining hall. It wasn't until I got married at the end of my junior year that I started gaining my weight back.

    I sure do miss that gym! If you're lucky enough to go to a school that has free gym access for students, you should definitely take advantage. I usually went in the morning, after the athletic teams were finished and before the rest of the students were even up yet! - 10/12/2011 9:29:31 PM
  • Most colleges have gyms that are free for students to use. They also offer fitness classes for free or little charge. I was pretty good about working out in college. The problem for me wasn't until after college. - 3/9/2011 12:36:49 PM
  • This article was awesome. Anyone with the Freshman 15+ can appreciate that. SparkPeople has been amazing with helping me drop that Freshman 15!!! - 12/14/2009 2:01:12 PM
  • This article is great for anyone in tight spaces or even anyone living with families/roomies. - 11/7/2009 8:02:40 PM
  • BECOMINGCAROLYN
    I think the freshman 15 rule assumes you've eaten healthily and been active at home. I actually managed to lose weight when I went to school. It was only a handful of pounds, and I sometimes had to be cautious of the dessert bar, but it wasn't hard. I went from a lifestyle of convenience foods to a dorm cafeteria where I could chose exactly what I wanted in addition to walking everywhere.

    Plus, knowing my own tendency toward boredom eating, I never kept food in my dorm room. I saved all my eatings for meals in the cafeteria, and kept myself from snacking while studying/hanging out/etc. - 11/7/2009 11:53:43 AM
  • CATHEITE
    Target is another great store for inexpensive exercise equipment and workout dvds. I've found a lot of wonderful things there on clearance. - 10/25/2009 9:09:05 PM
  • CATHEITE
    Target is another great store for inexpensive exercise equipment and workout dvds. I've found a lot of wonderful things there on clearance. - 10/25/2009 9:09:04 PM

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