It seems most people’s lives these days are already chock full of obligations and activities, so it’s little wonder why so many of us can’t seem to find the time to exercise. Between a job, family, bills, and everything else that requires your attention during the course of a day, fitness always seems to drop further and further down the priority list. But fear not, folks! We’ve assembled an easy cheat sheet of simple, equipment-free exercises you can do just about anywhere, anytime.
You don’t need a gym to get a quick workout, or even much space. Besides, if you’re just starting out, the most important thing is just getting your body moving a little bit more than you’re used to. And let’s be honest – even if it doesn’t seem like much, if you’re not doing anything to begin with even a “little bit” counts as more than you’ve been doing up until now, right? After all, you can improve your fitness in small steps, too.
Sure, you probably haven’t done them since you were a kid, but they are still an easy and excellent way to get your heart rate up which is the first step to burning off some extra calories.
You remember these, too, I’m sure. If you need to modify them to make it easier, try starting off with your knees on the floor instead of in a plank position. And remember to keep that back straight and maintain good form!
With your feet hip-width apart, slowly lower your backside as if you were about to sit down in a chair. To help maintain form and balance, hold your arms out in front of you while you keep your knees behind your toes as you drop, weight primarily on your heels. Ideally your thighs will be parallel with the floor at your deepest point, where you will then push “through” your heels and return to a standing position. If you can’t go down that far to begin with, go as far as you feel comfortable going. You’ll get better over time, though.
If you’re convinced you don’t have time to do any type of fitness-related activity during the day, you may be surprised how little time it takes and how many extra calories you can burn just by slightly adjusting your normal routine or habits. For instance, instead of circling around the parking lot searching for the closest possible parking space, save yourself time and frustration (and the dings in your car doors) simply by driving directly to the wide open and easily-accessible spots a little further away. The extra steps add up over time and you’ll probably get to the door more quickly, anyway!