How often do you find yourself not having enough time to work out? Exercise can come last in our busy schedules. Sure, we could try to fit in a session at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center between our classes, but with the time it takes to walk to lower campus, get your workout in and walk all the way back up to class, your workout would most likely be a short one. Luckily, for us here at Cal State Long Beach, our campus is full of areas to get a quick workout in. All you need is a bench, a tree and some motivation. So, the next time you have a tiny break before your lecture, try out these easy on-campus exercises!
Tricep Dips - Place your hands at the edge of the bench with your fingers faced forward. Your feet should be on the ground, knees at a 90-degree angle. - Slowly lower yourself until your elbows are at a 90-degree angle. - Do 10 dips.
Burpee Step-Ups - Facing the bench, squat down to place your hands on the ground, and kick your feet back while your arms are straight, to get you in push-up position. - Jump your feet back up next to your hands, so you are in the squat stance again. - Stand up and step up onto the bench. - To challenge yourself, try simultaneously jumping both feet onto the bench. - Make sure you are standing straight up once on the bench. - Do 10 reps. If you are stepping up, switch the leading foot every rep.
Lunges - Facing away from the bench, place one foot onto the seat. - Make sure your back leg is outstretched. You can do this by hopping forward with the front leg. - Bend front leg so knee is at a 90-degree angle. - Make sure your knee does not go past your toe. - Do 10 reps on each leg.
V-Sit - Sit on the edge of the bench and place your hands beside you. - Slightly lean back. - Pick your legs up from the floor, and slowly bring them up until you are in a “V” position. - Bend your knees to your chest, making a crunch motion. - Straighten your legs back out. - Repeat crunches 10 times.
Sprint - Once you’ve completed the bench workouts, try a 30-second sprint, maybe to the nearest tree and back to the bench. - Complete these circuits for 15 minutes or however long your break is!