Time is one of our most valuable assets in life. Another one of those valuable assets is our health. How do you save time in your busy life, but still remain healthy? Here are five exercises to do if you’re short on time. These exercises can be done with little equipment, little time, and will still give you a great workout!
Single Leg Lunges
When you’re working out, the fastest way to burn the most calories is to use the biggest muscles. The top three largest muscles in your body are in your legs.
How To: Hands on hips, step forward with one leg while making sure the knee of that leg is directly above the ankle. Lower the body until the opposite knee lightly touches the ground.
Body Weight Squats
The squat has been labeled as the single best exercise when considering the number of muscles it uses and the parts of the body it works.
How To: Arms straight out in front of you. Feet shoulder width apart and your toes pointed just inside a 45-degree angle. The first movement should be the hips flexing backwards. Then bend at the knees lowering the body, making sure the knees never move in front of the toes. It is very important that the back stays straight.
Speaking of working a lot of muscle groups, a pushup works the entire upper body. Arms, chest, back, abdominals, and even the neck!
How To: Put your hands on the ground right outside shoulder width apart in the plank position. Lower the body until your chest nearly touches the ground. Push the body away from the ground. Repeat.
To get that six-pack you’ve always dreamed of you have to work your abs. This exercise will strengthen your core!
How To: Lay on your back with your knees bent in a comfortable position. Keep your back straight and lift your chin to the sky along with your entire upper body until you feel a strain in your abdominal muscles. Lower your upper body back to the floor. Repeat.
If you’re looking to shed some pounds, there needs to be some cardio in your workout. “Jumping Jacks” are an easy and quick way to get that cardio into your quick workout.
How To: Jump while raising both arms and separating your legs to the side. Land on the forefoot of both feet with legs apart and arms over your head. Jump again while lowering your arms and bringing your legs back to shoulder width apart.
Whether you’re a workout fanatic or just starting a new workout regimen, these exercises can be done quickly and with little, to no, equipment or preparation. Watch out calories, we’re coming for you!
Adam lives in Grimes, IA with his wife Sara, son Asher and daughter Avery. Adam is also a Technical Recruiter for Beacon Hill Staffing and co-founder of Sprout Media. He enjoys networking, connecting like minded individuals, and the Northern Iowa Panthers.