Winter is over and Spring has sprung! The opportunity to get outside and get fit hits most of us like a spring rain storm. As we all know, finding a workout routine that fits your busy schedule and fitness level can be difficult. Here we have included four great exercises that require little or no equipment, take just a short amount of time, and are perfect for people of any fitness level to incorporate into their workout routine:
- 1. Box Jumps: Box Jumps are a great exercise for toning your legs! You will need a platform of sorts that is four to six inches in height that will also also be able to support your body weight. To perform a box jump stand with your feet hip length apart. The platform should be directly in front of you. Bend your knees and jump onto the platform and then jump off. Do this in two quick and steady motions while maintaining your balance. You should do this in three sets of at least 15 jumps!
- 2. Squats: Squats work your entire lower body in one simple exercise. Begin by standing with your feet shoulder width apart. Keep your arms by your side or hold free dumbbells for extra resistance. Slowly bend your knees and lower your upper body as if you are going to sit in a chair. As you squat, bring your arms straight out in front of you. While squatting, remember to keep your knees behind your feet and your back straight. Slowly bring your upper body back up into a standing position and do three sets of fifteen.
- 3. Push-ups: Push-ups are great for building your upper body and do not require much space or equipment. Begin by starting on your hands and knees and placing your hands shoulder width apart in front of you. Extend your legs back and straighten your back so you are supporting your body weight with your arms. Slowly bend your elbows into a 90 degree position and hold it for three seconds. Then slowly raise your body back into your starting position to finish the push-up. Do this as many times as you can!
- 4. Lunge: The last exercise we are going to talk about is the lunge. Begin by standing with one foot on a step and put your other foot behind you. Your front knee should remain above your heel to avoid any knee injuries. Begin your lunge by bending your knee and lowering your body and keeping your shoulders in a straight line with your hips. Raise your body back up slowly to complete the lung. We recommend doing this 15 times for each leg!
While these exercises are beneficial on their own, we recommend performing them together in one workout routine with little to no break in between. This will help speed up your metabolism and give you a better workout! As with any new workout routine some soreness and pain can be expected, to make sure you aren’t over training check out our previous blog “Pain: When to Push Through and When to Stop”.