Fighting the Freshman 15: The University Loft College Furniture Exercise Regimen

It’s practically a fact of life for incoming first-year college students: gaining weight. Oddly, it seems counterintuitive, doesn’t it? You would think that all that extra walking from class to class on the college campus would help students shed the pounds. Alas, not so much. So what’s a freshman to do? Well, with University Loft student furniture in the residence hall, a little extra exercise isn’t far away. Of course, we present these somewhat tongue-in-cheek low-stress exercise ideas with a word of caution: check with your physician before beginning any exercise program or new physical activity.

At the desk:

University Loft student desks have a really great feature for a little extra workout: the full extension drawer. The full extension drawer is not only great for keeping things handy (and out of the back-of-the-drawer-Bermuda-Triangle); it’s also great for some arm exercise. Simply pull the drawer all the way out and back in. Repeat 10 times with each arm. Areas worked: forearm, wrist, elbow, tricep and shoulder.

In the chair:

The University Loft Two-Position Chair is built for comfort in, you guessed it, two positions: forward and tilted slightly back. That tilting motion can be a great little calf workout. Simply rock back by pushing up on your toes. Repeat 10 times.

Fight the Freshman 15 with your University Loft Two-Position Chair

To the bed:

Getting onto the top bunk in your University Loft student loft bed is great exercise for your glutes, and leg muscles. Of course, you should approach this activity carefully, using the bed ends or a separate but securely attached ladder when climbing aboard.

So you see, with a little careful creativity using the ultra-functional University Loft residence life furniture in your dorm room or student apartment, you can burn a few extra calories and maybe fight off some of those dreaded Freshman 15. But don’t just stay in your dorm room all the time (tempting as it might be with ULoft furniture on hand); get out and stay active.


The ULoft Blog Team

About University Loft Company and our solid wood modular residence life furniture:

Since 1984, when James Jannetides built a loft configuration for his own dorm room at Southern Illinois University, hundreds of thousands of college students have enjoyed better campus living thanks to University Loft furniture. Today, University Loft serves more than 1,200 colleges, universities and related student housing partners. As Jannetides’ says: “We are always learning, always innovating, and always improving … our environment, our products, and our service. We are University Loft Company.”

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