If you feel that it isn’t ‘real exercise’ unless it happens at the gym, read on! Because we are about to change your mind by showing you the best 5 workout exercises you can do anywhere.
You can get incredibly fit anywhere: in a park, in your living room, in a hotel – as long as you have the right exercises.
There are many benefits to doing your workouts outside: you tend to do more (as you’ve got scenery to look at), and you typically burn more calories.
Here are 5 workout exercises you can do anywhere – you’ll never need to go to the gym again unless you want to!
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1. Mountain climbers
Mountain climbers are an excellent all-round exercise. You can work your entire body in minutes, as mountain climbers are very intense. Intense but effective!
Get into a push-up position. Your arms and legs should be straight. Your weight is on the balls of your feet and the palms of your hands. Pull your right knee forward towards your torso while keeping your abdominal muscles tight. Keep your knee there for a few seconds, then return to the start position. Do the same with your left knee. That’s one rep.
Make sure you exhale as you bring your knee up towards your torso and keep your pelvis tucked in. Aim for three rounds of 10 reps each.
Burpees are another excellent full-body exercise. Burpees work your core, arms, chest, shoulders, legs, hips, and glutes. As with mountain climbers, you get a cardio workout too.
To do burpees, drop down into a push-up position (the same start as you did for mountain climbers). This time, do a push-up and then hop to bring your feet close to your hands. Now jump up into a squat position, followed by another jump as high as you can.
Dropdown into a squat again and jump back into a push-up position. That’s one rep.
Aim for three rounds of 10 reps each.
Planks are fabulous for working your core muscles, including your obliques, and there are many ways to adapt planks to make them more or less challenging.
Get down onto your elbows with your legs straight out behind you, and your body facing the floor. Your hands can be clasped together in front of you (more accessible), or straight out on either side of you at shoulder-width apart (harder).
Put your weight on your toes and hold the position. Keep your back straight, with your pelvis tucked in. You want to achieve a straight line from the top of your head down to your toes. Your gaze should be out in front of you on the floor, rather than back down towards your feet.
Keep your hips facing the floor, take nice deep breaths, and keep your chin away from your chest. Keep your elbows directly underneath your shoulders.
For a challenge, you can alternate lifting one leg and then the other. Keep your leg there for a few seconds at the top, then lower it slowly before lifting the other leg.
Start with 30 seconds in this position, and work your way up to a minute and a half. Rest for one minute between each plank and work up to doing 3 planks each time.
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4. Resistance band upright rows
This exercise is brilliant for toning your arms, chest, and back. Your core will be working too, as those muscles work to keep your trunk stable while you work against the band’s resistance.
You’ll need a pull up assist band for this exercise.
Put the resistance band underneath the middle of both feet and stand with your feet just over hip-distance apart. Straighten your arms and hold the band overhand so that your palms are facing your thighs.
Inhale first, and bend your elbows out and up as you exhale and bring the resistance band up to chest level. Your hands should finish in front of your chest. Keep your shoulders back by drawing your shoulder blades together and hold the position when your hands get to the top.
Inhale while you bring your arms back down to your starting position. That’s one rep.
Repeat to do three sequences of 10 reps each.
Note: If you have a very long band, or if you want to make this exercise more challenging, you can add another component to it. Once your hands are at chest level, you can inhale again and then exhale as you bring your arms up above your head. Your pelvis is tucked in, and your shoulders are back. Then inhale and bring your arms back to chest level. Inhale again and bring your arms down to the starting position.
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5. Victory lunges
Lunges are excellent for the lower body, and you can easily work your whole body by raising your arms up into a victory V while you do your lunges.
Bring your arms up into a V shape and keep them there throughout the exercise. Now step your right foot far enough forward so that you get into a lunge with your right thigh parallel to the ground. Your left knee should just about graze the ground – go as low as you can. If you can’t go too low, don’t force it – these get easier the more you do them.
Bring your right foot back and put your left foot forward to do a lunge on the other side.
Repeat to do one minute of these lunges without stopping.
Note: If you want to add a bonus here, put a resistance band just above your wrists and pulse your arms gently outward as you move!
As you can see, there are many exercises that you can do from anywhere, and you don’t need expensive equipment. Pop some resistance bands into your bag (if you wish), and take a look around you to spot opportunities for working out. That park bench will never look the same!
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Hi, I’m David and I believe absolutely anyone can achieve the body of their dreams. I’m a qualified health and fitness coach and have been helping clients achieve their dream bodies for 15 years. Whether you are looking to get beach body ready, compete in a bodybuilding show or simply to improve your confidence and wellbeing, I can help.