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7 Simple Exercises Busy People Can Do Anywhere, Anytime

7 Simple Exercises Busy People Can Do Anywhere, Anytime

Looking for quick, easy ways to get in shape? There are simple exercises to help tone your body without having to go to the gym.  Want to know the best part? They can be done anywhere, anytime!  These exercises only take a few minutes to complete, require no outside equipment, and are easy to master. No matter if you’re at work, at home, or on the go, these easy-to-follow calisthenic exercises are sure to make you break a sweat.

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    Calf raises

    Doing calf raises will help strengthen your gastrocnemius and soleus muscles. In other words, calf raises strengthen your lower legs.  There are a lot of different ways to do calf raises, but one of the easiest—and most effective—is doing the standing raise.  This video further details how to do a stationary calf raise:

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    Chair dips

    Where there’s a chair, there’s a way!  Chair dips are great for strengthening your triceps and can be done just about anywhere.  Like other exercises, there are varying techniques that can either increase or decrease resistance. This video shows the different variations on this tried-and-true classic:

    Lunges

    Because you’re using your own body weight, lunges both strengthen your lower body and increase overall flexibility.  Lunges can be done anywhere: You can lunge when you walk to the kitchen; you can lunge to the driveway as you get the paper in the morning, and you can even lunge when you walk from your desk to the water cooler at work.  Here’s another video that shows the ins and outs of lunging:

    Squats

    The most important thing to keep in mind when doing squats is having proper form.  Squats are one of the most effective full body exercises around because they simultaneously work to build muscle and burn fat.  Try using a chair as a reference point as to how far down you should go:

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    Planks

    Looking for effective exercises to tighten your core? Planks are great at strengthening both your abs and your back–all you need is a flat surface.  Remember to time how long you can hold it, and then try to add a few more seconds every time thereafter.  Here’s a guide on how to perform a basic plank:

     

    After you’ve mastered the basics, try adding side planks to your routine.

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    Arm circles

    Worried about flabby arms?  Arm circles are great at toning while simultaneously strengthening your arms.  They can be done with varying intensity, all of which will help you feel “the burn.” Here’s a beginner’s guide to help get you started:

     

    If you’re at work, try to grab a book or a binder for some extra weight.

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    Burpees

    The most high-intensity exercise on this list, burpees are often referred to as the cornerstone to any workout because they are guaranteed to produce results.  This aerobic exercise helps strengthen your entire body by utilizing almost every muscle group. There are many different ways to perform a burpee, but the easiest one is quite possibly the best. As with every other exercise, proper form is a must.

     

    The above exercises are proven classics that require very little room and no equipment. While it may not take you long to master each exercise, the incredible array of different methods to employ is endless.  Once you feel comfortable with the basics, begin applying the advanced techniques and embrace the burn. Keep track of the amount of time or reps you do for each one and continually strive to increase it.

    In addition to the exercises above, why not make exercising a part of your everyday routine?  For example, take the stairs at work instead of the elevator, and instead of wasting the gas going to the grocery store why not walk or ride your bike instead.  Getting in shape doesn’t require the use of a Gold’s Gym membership, all it takes is a little gumption, a bit of creativity, and a lot of willpower.

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    Last Updated on January 14, 2019

    7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

    7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

    From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

    What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

    1. Take the scenic route.

    Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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    Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

    2. Distract yourself.

    No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

    3. Listen to music or podcasts.

    There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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    4. Bring a friend.

    Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

    Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

    5. Accessorize.

    There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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    For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

    6. Compete.

    A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

    7. Relax.

    The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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    With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

    Featured photo credit: tpsdave via pixabay.com

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