5 Quick And Effective Workouts You Can Do Anywhere
Sometimes it’s hard to workout whenever you want to, especially if you have a to-do list as long as a CVS receipt. You may want to work out but can’t seem to find the time. If you have to drive to a gym to work out, this makes the task even more of a challenge because you have to plan time to drive there, park, do your workout, and then drive back.
Even if you have a gym located in your living space, it can still be difficult to feel motivated enough to get yourself up and going if you’re exhausted from all of the things life throws at you every day. These are the times when excuses start to formulate. It can be okay to take much-needed breaks, but if you start accepting these excuses all the time, it can be very difficult to get back on track.
Take the initiative to change old habits. Everything in life takes time, and time is one thing most of us never seem to have enough of. You can work, spend time with your family, participate in other activities, and still have time to work out.
There are many creative ways you can fit in a workout. Read on for five quick and effective workouts you can do anywhere.
Work Out Early
It can be difficult to get home after a long day and then head straight to the gym with the little bit of energy you have leftover. Try a morning workout. Set your alarm an hour earlier so you’re up and ready to hit the gym or go to your favorite class. If that’s too early for you, start with just a half hour earlier, then gradually make it to an hour.
You can also start with smaller exercises in the morning, like lunges, sit-ups and planks in your bedroom. Then move to a full-on workout when you’re ready.
Walk or Bike to Work
If you live close to class or the office, walk or bike there instead of driving – at least a couple of times a week to get your blood flowing. Alternatively, if you live close, bring your workout clothes to work with you so you can change into them and jog home afterwards .
Try the Lunch Break Workout
It may not sound appealing, but lunch workouts really do boost energy and brain activity, especially since they are midday. A simple walk around your space or a walk outside can invigorate you. If you want to break a sweat, try to find a gym or studio nearby so you have more time for a lunch workout. If you can squeeze an actual workout in, try cardio in a crunch.
Work Out While You’re At Work/Class
If you can’t seem to find any other time for a workout, then make it work while you’re at class or work. Make it a point to get up and take short walks around your building. If you have a standing desk, use it instead of sitting as often as you can. Sit on a stability ball instead of a desk chair to strengthen your core. You can also keep dumbbells at your desk, and do a couple of sets whenever you need a break.
When you head to the bathroom throughout the day, do a few wall squats in the bathroom stall. This will strengthen your leg muscles, and they only take a couple of minutes. If you have a multi-level office building, use the stairs instead of the elevator.
Treadmills and similar gym equipment are a great option because you can work out while you do other things – like study, read, watch TV shows, etc. Treadmills are your best friend when you feel like you just have no time. Get one for your home, find one at a gym nearby, or use one on campus in between classes. If you’re feeling crunched for time, this could be your productivity lifesaver!
Workouts are great energizing breaks that will recuperate your brain and your body so you can keep going. Although you may not feel like you have the time to stop what you’re doing to exercise, it’s important to make it a point for your overall wellbeing
This doesn’t mean you have to commit to full-on workouts, but at least try to commit to movement — short walks, squat exercises and other simple workouts that can change your lifestyle for the better.
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