Workout Tips with No Gym Required

You’ve heard the expression: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” When it comes to exercise, there are many ways to make it happen.

No gym? No problem, No equipment? Yes, you do have some! Your own body can be your “equipment.”

Time is precious, and the stressors of work, family, and everyday life often make a workout the last priority.

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Lift Yourself Up (Literally)

Strength training benefits are numerous, but if you don’t have access to free weights or machines, you can use the most sophisticated “machine” on earth: yourself.

Using your own body weight for strength and conditioning is free, offers plenty of versatile exercise options, and can be done just about anywhere. Try a few of these exercises on for size (and strength):

  • Pushups
  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Planks

You can turn all of these exercises into a “circuit” by doing a set of each exercise without stopping until you’ve completed one set of every exercise, which equals one “circuit”.

Do as many “circuits” of these exercises as you can (resting in between each “circuit”) in 15, 20, or even 30 minutes.

Cupboard Curls

Those large cans of beans, soup, and bags of rice aren’t just for cooking. If you don’t have access to dumbbells or machines, canned staples in your pantry will do the trick.

Need more weight? Duct tape the cans together. Or buy a gallon jug (or two) of water. You can even grab a couple bags of sand from a local home improvement or hardware store (a couple different sizes can challenge your muscles and add variety to a workout).

Move outside of the kitchen. Pillows, chairs, towels, and other household items can help shake up your routine by supporting your body weight and adding nontraditional movements that engage additional muscles, especially your midsection, and improve your balance….Continue reading.

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