Bodyweight - Fitness

In A Hurry? Here’s A Time-Saving Workout You Can Do Anywhere

Sep 29, 2017 //

It doesn’t get much easier than this. If you’re looking for a quick-and-dirty workout that will tone your body in less than 10 minutes, you’ve come to the right place. The best part? This super-simple routine requires no equipment, which means you can do it anywhere, any time.

Do this workout first thing in the morning, on your lunch break, or whenever you can carve out a bit of time in your day to move.

Stationary Steps

Find a pair of stairs, or a step. Start with your feet flat on the floor, facing the step. With your left foot on the step, push through your left heel to lift your right leg. Return to start position. Repeat 12 times. Switch to your right foot.

Classic Push-Ups

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Begin on the floor in the standard push-up position, hands on the floor, legs straight. Keep your head in line with your body. Bracing your abs, keep your body rigid while bending at the elbows to lower your body to the floor. Push back up until your arms are straight. Repeat 12 times.

Climbers

Begin on the floor in a standard push-up position. Bring your left knee to your chest (or as far as you can), then return to starting position. Repeat 12 times on each side.

Plank

To get into a forearm plank, get down on the floor as though you were going to do a push-up, resting on your forearms instead of your hands. Keep your elbows underneath your shoulders. Keep your body in a straight line (don’t let your hips rise or sag). Hold for one minute.

Squats

Standing straight with your feet shoulder-width apart, stack your hips over your knees,you’re your knees tracking out towards your toes and never extending past them. Sink your butt back and down, as if you’re sitting back in a chair, engaging your core and holding your bodyweight in your heels. Drive through your heels and return to the starting position. Repeat 12 times.

Bicycle Crunches

Start on your back with your legs up in the air at a 90-degree angle, and your lower legs parallel to the ground. Pull your abdominal muscles in, and lift your shoulder blades off the ground by contracting your abs. Put your hands behind your head with your elbows out to the side, making sure not to pull on your head or neck. Alternate extending each leg out straight while pulling the other knee in close to your chest.
Rotate your upper body with each rep, bringing your opposite elbow in to meet your knee. Do 12 crunches on each side.

This whole routine should take you less than 10 minutes. Repeat the circuit twice more for a total-body workout.

Gina McKnight

Gina is an author, freelance writer, and equestrian from Ohio USA. Living with her family near Wayne National Forest, she is a fitness enthusiast with a passion for a healthy, organic lifestyle! She is a graduate of Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio; summa cum laude. Gina encourages her readers to eat healthy and to find a sport or hobby that keeps them moving!

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