Staying on track with your fitness is one thing when you are able to make it to a training session or the gym, but another thing entirely when you might be away from home, or maybe just don’t have the time to leave your house or office.
Having a plan when it comes to these situations is key to not falling off the wagon!
Say you are away on a business trip. You might be staying in a hotel, without access to the proper exercise equipment that you are used to using.
What can you do to maintain your fitness level from the comfort of your hotel room?
In this case, bodyweight training is your best friend. The same goes for being stuck at home with limited time, or even the office. With the proper moves, bodyweight training can be a very effective and safe tool to keep you on track so that you don’t lose any of your progress. To complete an effective full-body workout, choose a few exercises that incorporate upper, lower, and core training. Make sure to pick at least one for each of these body areas. Perform each of these exercises for 3-4 sets. Be sure to get your body warm before beginning any of these exercises. You may choose to jog in place, do jumping jacks, or any other similar gentle cardio exercises to get your heart pumping and get your body warmed up.
There are many bodyweight exercises to choose from, but which ones work best?
One of the best full-body bodyweight exercises that you can do is the burpee.
To do this move, begin in a squat position with your hands on the floor. From here, jump your feet back into a pushup position, and complete a pushup. Next, jump your feet back in to return to your low squat position. From there, leap up into the air as high as you can, returning to the squat position when you land. Then repeat! You can do this move for a designated number of reps, but I recommend simply throwing on a timer for 30-60 seconds and doing as many as you can! Another fantastic full-body exercise you can do is the classic plank. Simply get into a pushup position, and drop down onto your forearms. Hold this position for a designated period of time, suggested between 30 seconds to a minute. Alternatively, you may do a high plank, holding in a traditional pushup position. Be sure to brace your core, activate your glutes, and, keep your back aligned! One lower body move that’s easy to do almost anywhere in the wall sit. This move is great for your quadriceps and hamstrings. Make sure to lower your body down so that you create a 90-degree angle with your knees! To incorporate another muscle group, the adductors, simply add an object between your legs that you can squeeze while you sit. Do this move for between 30-60 seconds per set, for 3-4 sets!