For the always-on-the-go gym rat that you may be, sometimes being on-the-go and hitting the gym don’t always coincide. If you split most of your time in the air and in hotel rooms, or you just can’t fit a trip to Gold’s in your schedule, we’ve got you covered on how to still get a total workout.
No ellipticals, treadmills or Bowflexes required, the best way to get your heart rate up and your workout on is through some good old-fashion calisthenics. Omitting machines and using your own body weight can increase your overall body strength and flexibility, while benefitting both muscular and cardiovascular fitness.
First off is an oldie, but a goodie. Everybody’s done a pushup, and if done right, it works to strengthen multiple muscle groups. The main goal here is to focus on keeping your back (from neck to heels) as straight as humanly possible. Should this prove daunting, feel free to try the revised variation with your knees on the ground.
Next up are crunches. They’re a lot like sit-ups, except you don’t even have to come all the way up. Makes for a much more feasible workout to start. It should be noted that after you’ve mastered the art of the crunch, it’s recommended to eventually graduate to the sit-up, as the latter helps to build the lower back muscle group.
You’ve always been told to bend at the knees and not at the waist, and this exercise is based solely on doing just that. With your feet shoulder width apart, bend your knees, lower your torso, and bring your arms forward and parallel to the floor as a counterbalance. The focal point here is to keep your back as straight and upright as possible.
These are just a few exercises to get you started that are effective in working out a number of muscles, simultaneously. Keep checking back with us for more tips and tricks on how to stay fit no matter where you are.