If you’re like me, you probably have been slacking a little on working out during the hustle and bustle of the past few weeks. I really hate just how busy the month of December always is. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE this month but why must everyday be filled with something?! If you’re saying to yourself, “Well, I don’t workout. This post isn’t for me!” HOLD TIGHT! You can do what I’m about to show you!
5 easy exercises (and quick!) that anyone can do:
These are body weight exercises so no equipment is needed. Now you’re thinking, “You just said yourself this month is super busy. When am I suppose to do these exercises?” If you have 10 minutes…just 10 minutes, you have time to do this round of exercises. If you can find 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the evening, even better!
EXERCISE 1 and 2:
Reverse Lunge with a Front Punch
This is a combo exercise. Start with your reverse lunge. Take a big step back with your left leg. You should feel a slight pull in your quad (front of leg) and in your glute. Pop back up with your feet together and punch with your right arm. Repeat 10 times on that side then do the same thing with your left right leg and left arm. Do 3 rounds for a total of 30 reverse lunges on each leg and 30 punches on each arm.
Not only are jumping jacks good for your shoulders, abs, and lower body, they’re a great source of cardio. Jumping jacks will get your heart rate up to help burn more calories during your workout. Do 3 sets of 20 for a total of 60 jumping jacks.
I happen to love push ups! I know, that’s strange. They’re so good for your upper body though! Place hands shoulder width apart or a little closer together, legs are straight out behind you and a little bit apart, and back is straight/hips parallel to the floor. Go down as far as you can and then push back up. Do 3 rounds of 10 for a total of 30.
*if this position is too difficult for you, modify your form by placing your knees on the ground with your feet slightly raised off of the ground.
Planks are great for your upper body, for your back, and for your core. This is pretty much a push up position but instead of pushing up and down, you just hold in the starting position. I recommend holding for 10 seconds to start with and as you get further along in your workouts, increase your holds by 5 seconds. When you aren’t shaking at 15 seconds, add 5 seconds on etc. Do 3-4 rounds.
*If you need a little extra oomph to your plank holds, try raising one leg up and down while holding your plank position. Take a short rest then raise the opposite leg while holding your plank position.
These are exercises that any fitness level can do! If you’ve never done a push up in your life, you can do this! If you’ve never done reverse lunges, you can do this! These 5 exercises cover all muscles for a total body workout. Take 10 minutes and give these a try!
What’s your favorite exercise to do? How do you find time to work out with the business of the holidays?