With school, work, homework and extracurricular activities, our time can be limited and soon we forget about that New Year’s resolution to stay fit. Fortunately, we can change our attitude and our bodies with a few simple moves that will keep us in shape. As part of a 10 to 15 minute workout, these simple exercises will easily squeeze into the hustle and bustle of our daily lives and help us make the most of our free time without leaving the comfort of our own room!
Grab a jump rope, put on your favorite music and jump to the beat. Jumping rope is a great cardiovascular activity that works many of our muscles: arms butt, thighs, calves, hips and abs will get a workout while we jump rope to our favorite songs. As an added bonus, jumping rope generates more energy to get through those mid-day blues. For extra fun, make it a social venture by grabbing a roommate or other dorm mates and challenge them to match the beat or see who can go the longest.
To do this activity, make sure you have a carpet or exercise mat on the floor. Lay down on your back and start with your left arm overhead and your left knee lifted. Take five seconds to lower your left limbs as you lift your right arm and right leg. Do this for one minute. Your “dead bug” state works your total core and is a great way to achieve fabulous abs. To make this more challenging, try adding light weights.
Start with your heels elevated on a book (you know that English book lying on the floor), crouch down and grab the back of your ankles. Straighten your legs and raise your butt in the air. Quickly return to start position. Do the Backside Rocker in 3 sets of 20 to get a great thigh and butt workout.
Get a fantastic six-pack with this simple move: Sit on the floor with your hands flat and slightly behind you. Bend your knees and lift your feet off the floor. Lean back and slightly extend your legs for one count, your knees should never extend fully. Return to start. Do 12 reps for a full abdominal workout!
Lift and Tone
Don’t want the flab on your arms? Sit with your knees bent and hands behind you with your fingers facing forward. Use your arms and legs to lift your butt until your back is straight. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat this move five times for that tone you crave.
These moves are short, sweet and will fit perfectly into your busy schedule. Happy Fitness February!