There’s no way you can fit in a trip to the gym or a
super-long run before school starts, but that doesn’t mean ya can’t exercise at
least a little bit. Here are eight cinchy moves that you can do right in your
house. Work ‘em into your morning routine, and you’ll be surprised at the awesome
Lay on your bed with your knees bent, like you’re going to
do sit-ups. Lift your feet off the bed, and put your hands behind your head.
Bring your right elbow to meet your left knee in a twisting crunch, and at the
same time, put your right leg out straight about 6 inches above the bed. Then
do the same on the other side, bringing your left elbow to meet your right
knee. Continue alternating like that, and do 15 touches on each elbow (30
Sit on your bed with your knees bent, and lift your feet off
the bed. You’ll have to rock back a little bit, but stay sitting up as much as
you can. Clasp your hands together, and bring them down to touch the bed on
your right side. Then twist the opposite direction, and touch the bed on your
left side with your clasped hands. Touch each side 20 times for a total of 40
twists, and never let your feet or back touch the bed.
Sit on the edge of your bed, and put your hands on either
side of your bod with your fingers facing the same direction as your toes. Then
walk your feet out until your bod is almost straight, forming a 45-degree angle
with the floor. Slowly lower yourself toward the floor by bending your elbows.
Stop just before your butt meets the floor, and then straighten your elbows
again. Do 25 dips, and try not to move anything but your arms the entire time.
Put your feet up on your bed and your hands on the floor.
Walk forward on your hands ‘til your bod is straight. Do 30 push-ups from that
position by bending your elbows until your nose almost touches the floor and
then straightening them out again.
Lunge for the Day
Do lunges on your way down the hall to the bathroom. When
you step forward with your right foot, make it a large step so that only your
left toe is still touching the ground behind you. Drive your left knee toward
the floor, and be careful not to let your right knee go past your toes. Then
bring your left foot up to meet your right one so that you’re standing up
straight. Repeat the process by stepping with your left foot. Continue all the
way down the hall.
Pause on your way down the stairs, and stand facing them.
Back your feet up ‘til your heels hang off a stair. Then go up on your tiptoes
and back down. Raise yourself up on your toes 20 times.
Don’t Pack Light!
Grab your backpack full of heavy textbooks, and hold it in
your right hand. Put your left hand and left knee up on your bed, leaving your
right foot on the ground. Your back should be straight and parallel to the
floor. Then bend your right elbow, keeping it close to your body, and bring
your backpack up to your ribcage. Hold it there for a few seconds, and then
slowly lower it back down (but not so far that it touches the floor). Do that
15 times on your right side, and then switch to do the exercise 15 times on
When you’re going down the hall, turn sideways and do a
grapevine as fast as you can. A grapevine starts when you step to your right
with your right foot. Then cross your left foot in front of your right one.
Next, step to the right with your right foot again, and cross your left foot
behind it. Continue down the hall. On your next trip, face the same direction,
but go the opposite way, starting by putting your left foot out.
BY CARRIE RUPPERT ON 8/9/2012 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN workouts, back to school, get your act together guide