Getting fit doesn’t require a gym or fancy equipment. All you need is your own body and some motivation! Try these bodyweight only moves to strengthen and tone your body head to toe. Added bonus: you can do these exercises anywhere!
Squats work the legs, glutes and core, and because it uses bigger muscles, they are super effective in burning calories. Sit your weight into your heels so you can wiggle your toes. In your squat, make sure you keep your chest up and core strong to support your lower back.
Lunges are another great lower body exercise. Lunges target the quadriceps, but they also involve the hamstrings, calves, glutes and core. Aside from building strength, lunges are also a great way to work each leg individually so you don’t overcompensate with your stronger side.
The glute bridge gets deep into the muscle. Try reaching your hips towards the sky as high as you can and hold it there for a moment to really feel the burn.
The forearm plank, while thought of as a core move, is actually a total body exercise. It works your shoulders, abs, lower back, legs and glutes – that is, if you do it right. When in plank, engage your glutes and abs and push yourself away from the ground so your shoulders don’t slump.
The bicycle crunch is a great way to work your abs from all angles. You can make this move easier by keeping your legs higher, or more challenging by keeping them parallel to the floor.
The lower abs are a common trouble spot for many. You can make these crunches easier by keeping your knees bent and shoulders on the ground, or harder by straightening your legs and lifting your shoulders.
The push-up: so simple, so challenging. And, like the plank, it works more than just your chest. Start by doing them on your knees and work up to your toes. Both ways are super effective!
Make those triceps burn! These can be done on a stable bench or chair, or on the ground. Make sure to keep your neck long and your shoulders away from your ears to help improve posture.