Exercising regularly is a goal most people have. Unfortunately, it can be all too easy to make excuses and skip workouts. Fortunately, there are some tried and true exercises that anyone can work into their schedule no matter how packed it is.
Here are 10 easy exercises you can do every day:
WalkIf you do nothing else for your fitness today, make it a point to walk as much as possible. Park further away from your destination, or better yet, skip the car and walk.
Sit UpsThis classic exercise is indispensable for toning your mid-section and strengthening your core. Feel free to brace your feet under something heavy so you can really target those abs.
Push UpsThere’s a reason the military makes recruits do a lot of these; there’s nothing quite like push ups for strengthening the arms, chest and upper body. Best of all, you can easily drop and do 10 or 20 just about anywhere.
SquatsThis exercise is excellent for working the legs and glutes; simply squat backward while bringing the arms forward; move downward and upward slowly so you really feel the burn.
LungesThis is a variation on the squat where one leg at a time is targeted. Place one leg forward and squat downward, bending at the knee, but taking care not to let the knee track over the foot. Do one set of 10 to 12 reps, then repeat with the other leg.
March or Jog in PlaceIf you simply cannot get outdoors to walk or jog, doing a bit in place is better than nothing. Marching or jogging in place can be done just about anywhere, from at home to in your office or cubicle.
Table Chin UpsIf you don’t have a chin up bar available, a heavy dining room or boardroom table can allow you to do a variation on the pull up. Simply slide your legs straight underneath, hold the table edge with both hands, and pull yourself up slowly. Your body weight will act as a “spotter,” and doing the motion slowly will give you more of a burn in your back muscles.
Air-BikingIf you’re missing a bicycle but have a sofa or heavy chair, you can still reap the benefits of cycling while also working your abs and core. Simply lean back on the seat and move your legs in the motion of bicycling. The gravity of doing this cycling motion upside down will add to the challenge, and you’ll feel a nice burn in your abs as well.
Triceps ExtensionsExtend both arms backward from the elbows while holding them close to your sides, feeling a “pinch” in your tricep muscle (back of the upper arm), hold, then bend them forward. Repeat for 10 to 12 reps, and do 3 sets.
Work your biceps by flexing and curling them using a slow, deliberate movement; add hand weights if more resistance is needed. Working out need not be inconvenient or overly complex. Use these 10 easy exercises to get a full body workout from anywhere and burn calories every day.