Exercises Students Can Do During Class for Weight Loss

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As a student handling demanding classes and time-consuming homework, you may find it difficult to frequent a gym. You needn't put your weight loss goals on hold however, as treadmills and toning machines aren't the only path to a fitter you. You can perform simple exercises to help strengthen your body and burn calories even during the school day.

Straight Arm Squeeze

The straight arm squeeze works your shoulders, triceps and back. While sitting up straight on the edge of your chair, extend your arms behind your back. Your feet and legs should be together, your abs should be engaged and your palms should be facing inward. Squeeze your arms in against the back of your chair, hold for five seconds and release. Repeat 10 to 20 times.

Magic Carpet Ride

This move targets your arms and your abdomen. Sit on your chair with your legs crossed and your feet on your seat. Place your hands on either the armrest or on the seat of your chair and raise yourself a few inches. Suck in your gut to incorporate your stomach muscles. Hold this pose for 10 to 20 seconds and allow 30 seconds of rest. Repeat five times.

Wooden Leg

The Wooden Leg works muscles in your lower body. From a sitting position, extend one leg straight in front of you and hold for two seconds. Proceed to raise your leg as high as you are able and hold for an additional two seconds. Relax and repeat 15 times on each leg.

Calf Raises

You could do this exercise in between classes or during your lunch break. Stand on the bottom step of a staircase. Your weight should be on your toes with your heels hanging off the edge. Lift your heels as high as possible and then drop back down. Repeat the motion 15 to 20 times for as many as three sets. You should raise and lower yourself fairly quickly, but don't go so fast that you lose your balance. If needed, position yourself next to the wall or gently support yourself with the handrail. This gives you something to grasp if you need help balancing.

Top Tips

To maintain maximum health and fitness, be mindful of your body and activity level when not exercising. Maintain good posture to avoid neck and back pain. While confined to a chair, be as active as possible. Simple acts such as jiggling your leg or twiddling your thumbs require energy and thus burn more calories than just sitting still. Also, maintain a brisk walk or even a light jog when going to and from classes. When possible, take the stairs instead of an elevator.

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