BY MADISON SKAKLE • PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASBY IMAGES
From hotel rooms to your living room, to an outdoor park, you can literally work out anywhere, and I’m here to tell you how. To get started, all you need is a plan and motivation!
Let’s be honest, we are not all members of a gym, and even if we are, that doesn’t mean that we can get there a few times a week. With kiddos, activities, church, work and travel, we are all busy people and need to make the best use of our time. Some days, that means we can’t get to the gym. Well, here’s the good news: you can work out anywhere. I’m breaking down specific places and workout tips to help get you started.
It’s a gorgeous day outside, and you decide to bring the kiddos to the park to play. This doesn’t mean you can’t play, too. You can get a great workout in the park! Grab some of your mommy friends and get to sweating. Do the following exercises for one minute each, and then repeat three to five times until you’re feeling the burn.
- Warm up: Jog in place for a couple of minutes.
- Jumping Jacks
- Pushups off Park Equipment
- Jump Squats (or Regular Squats)
- Plank Hold on your Forearms
- High Knees or March in Place
- Tricep Dips off Park Equipment
Whether we are traveling for work or a family vacation, most of us end up in a hotel room a couple of times a year. Fortunately, almost all hotels now have at least a mini-gym on their premises. I’m suggesting utilizing a treadmill, because 99% of gyms have that! Here’s a challenging treadmill interval workout that is sure to make your heart rate spike. This workout is great to torch calories, because you’re going from high-intensity incline, walking back to a lower incline, and up again. Those heart rate spikes and dips are where the calorie-burn lives!
- Warm up by walking at a moderate pace on 1.0 incline for 3 minutes.
- 1 minute: Walk at 4.0 speed at 4.0 incline.
- 1 minute: Back to 1.0 incline
- 1 minute: Walk at 4.0 speed at 5.0 incline.
- 1 minute: Back at 1.0 incline
- 1 minute: Walk at 4.0 speed at 6.0 incline.
- Keep this up until you reach 10.0 incline, and then go back down to 4.0 incline. Should take 40 minutes.
Your Living Room
Even though I’m usually in the gym a few times a day teaching group fitness classes…if I am honest: one of my favorite places to work out is my very own living room. If you have a set of free weights, utilize these, or you can even use heavy water bottles or canned goods. I recommend investing in a set of hand weights, because you can use them frequently and adding strength training/weights to your workouts can take them to whole new level. Here’s a Tabata routine that you will love. Tabata workouts are 20 seconds “work” and 10 seconds break, then you repeat it until you reach four minutes and then that set is done, and you can move on to the next group of exercises.
- Warm up for a few minutes by marching in place and jumping in place.
- Tabata #1: Squats with weight and Jumping Jacks. This means 20 seconds of squats, 10-second break, 20 seconds of jumping jacks, 10-second break—until you reach 4 minutes.
- Tabata #2: Pushups and Plank Holds
- Tabata #3: Alternating Lunges with weight and High Knees
- Tabata #4: Mountain Climbers and Wide Squat with Bicep Curls
So, there you have it! You can work out so many places with little to no equipment. If you have your laptop or phone with you, check out YouTube for workout inspiration or a video. If you have only a few minutes, consider a brisk walk with intervals of jumping jacks and squats. As long as you’re moving, you’re doing yourself a favor.
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