Makenna Newcomer, Sophomore
I know, I know, it’s hard.
Once school starts, staying fit and healthy is never your first priority. While tackling homework, after school activities, and maybe even a job, it can be frustrating trying to find time for fitness, but don’t let stress be an excuse to sit in front of the TV and stuff your face with Doritos!
Turns out, finding time to work out may not be as hard as you think. Just giving maybe 15 to 20 minutes a day to engage in a quick workout could be enough to keep you energized for the rest of the day-- easy workouts that take no longer than 20 minutes (and don’t have to be done in a gym).
The best workouts combine strength and cardio to get your whole body working. Strength workouts that are great for the abs are crunches, pushups, situps, Russian twists, and planks. Squats, lunges, leg lifts, and wall sits are great for working your legs. Doing these workouts in sets will reveal clearer and faster results. Cardio is also great to do in sets because the more cardio you do, the more calories you burn.
Some great cardio workouts are jogging, running, jumping jacks, jump rope, mountain climbers, and burpees. These cardio workouts can be done easily in your room, out in your backyard, and around your neighborhood. A great way to guarantee results is to add some weights to whatever cardio you are performing. If you don’t have any weights, you can always substitute something in their place, like a filled water bottle. Just remember, when you finish a workout, always stretch to loosen the muscles so they don’t tighten up later.
Between homework, school, and your job, you can always find time to work out, even if it’s only for fifteen minutes. You will not only feel energized but happy with what you just accomplished!