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Fitting Exercise into Any Schedule

Finding time to exercise can be hard for some of us. Especially when you have a million other things to do or just simply aren’t motivated. Is there a way you can balance work, school, exercise and still have a personal life?


Fitting Exercise into Any ScheduleThe physical activity guidelines for Americans suggest 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity. Some examples being recreational walking, biking, jogging, swimming, etc. Or 75 minutes of vigorous activity a week, such as competitive running, swimming, dancing, biking, soccer, tennis, etc. This may seem like a lot fit into your already busy schedule. Try splitting the time into manageable increments. 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there can add up to help you reach your goal for the week.  

Here are 10 simple exercises you can do in the office, dorm room/bedroom, or anywhere. All you need are some common items such as a wall, desk/table, chair and a book.

1. Wall sits

2. Jumping jacks

3. Sit ups

4. Calf raises

5. Lunge

6. Desk push ups

7. Chair squats

8. Chair dips

9. Book shoulder press

10. Seated bicycle crunches

The best part about these exercises is they are easy and cost effective. Doing 2 to 3 reps of these will eat up 30 minutes of those 150 for the week. That means you only need to do them 3 times a week. This is a great start to becoming a more #HealthyYou.

For more #AdultingNDSU tips on being a #HealthyYou, go to

Kristi Medalen, NDSU Dietetic Intern

Nikki Johnson, M.S., R.D., L.R.D., Communty Health and Wellness Specialist

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