Sometimes you can’t make it to a gym. Whether your schedule just doesn’t permit it, or you are away traveling, missing your workouts can throw a wrench in your normal routine. It’s easy to make excuses for not working out when your routine is off, but then you regret it later on.
Instead of skipping exercise because your schedule is off balance, think of other ways that you can get your burn in. You may be surprised to learn that just with your own body weight, you can perform a whole, effective workout. It’s all about the ways in which you use your body.
No matter where you are, or what you’re doing, you have 15 minutes to exercise. That is all you need! Just 15 minutes per day, and your body will be thanking you.
So next time you find yourself in a situation where you’re unable to make it to the gym or your regular exercise class, use the following simple 15-minute, bodyweight workout:
The workout consists of six moves. You will repeat the sequence of six moves three times in total, with two minutes of rest between each set.
Jumping Jacks: 20 repetitions. If you happen to have small weights with you, use them for higher difficulty.
Squats: 20 repetitions. You can also use weights during this move.
Lunges: 20 repetitions. Weights optional.
Push-ups: 10 repetitions. Depending on your skill level, support your weight with your knees or toes.
Punches: 40 repetitions. Alternate arms for punching.
Elbow Plank: 60 seconds. Keep your back firm and straight.
This short and simple routine is one you can always carry with you to use when you find yourself in a pinch.
#1 Jumping jack
#6 Elbow plank
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