Finding time in the day to hit the gym can be hard so we’ve made it easy for you! Below we’ve compiled a list of six exercises that don’t require you to leave the comfort of your living room/meeting room/store room to get your blood pumping! 👊🏻
Lunges, lunges and more lunges.
Areas of the body: Quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes and calves.
Lunges can be done anytime, anywhere, so whether you’re lunging at your work desk or for the 📺 remote, they are an easy source of resistance training. First, stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Moving your right foot forward, bend at the knees until your left knee is just hovering off the floor, before bringing your right foot back up to meet your left again. Repeat.
Areas of the body: Triceps, deltoids, abs, back, quads, hamstrings… Basically everywhere (It’s a super exercise!)
By the time you’re done with a couple of sets of these, you’ll feel like you could conquer any mountain. ⛰ Start in a high plank position, with your hands positioned underneath your shoulders. Bring your right knee up across your body towards your left elbow. Put it back, then bring your left knee up towards your right elbow. Repeat. If you’re short on ⏰, mountain climbers are your go-to move!
Areas of the body: Abdomen
As weird as this sounds, it is one of the best work outs for your abs! 🐛 Start in a high plank position with your hands positioned underneath your shoulders. Slowly walk your feet up to meet your hands (or as far as you can go), then stop. Then, walk your hands forward until you’re once again resting in the high plank position. This exercise will have you on your way to Dwayne Johnson-esque abs in no time!
Areas of the body: Upper body and core.
I know, I know. Push ups are a cruel and unusual form of self-inflicted punishment. But they’re also a great form of resistance training and building core strength. Start in the high plank position with your hands resting underneath your shoulders. Then, slowly bend at the elbows until your chest is just hovering off the floor, before pushing back up again. Repeat. For a daily dose of motivation, think of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who, at 86 years old, does twenty push-ups a day. If RBG can do it, you can too. 👑 👊🏾
Areas of the body: Legs and core.
Stairs are actually a great way to workout your legs and get your blood pumping! So the next time you’re thinking of taking the escalators, consider taking the stairs instead. However, if you find yourself lacking in the stairs department, get a hold of a sturdy box or step. Start by planting your feet shoulder width apart. With your right leg, step up on to the box, at the same time bringing your left leg into a high knee position. Placing your left leg back on the ground, repeat this nine more times, before repeating with the other leg. Three sets of ten each leg should be plenty to get your heart racing.