October 5th, 2016 | Brianne Addison
It’s not always easy to make it to the gym but as someone who’s a bit of an exercise junkie, failing to complete a workout feels like a tragedy. If you’re like me, you may feel the same. When I can’t find time to drive to the gym, I like to complete my own exercise routine in the comfort of my own home/neighborhood. I feel the best time to workout is in the morning, before or after breakfast, depending on the type of workout you do, but it’s all personal preference.
1. Go for a run
There’s nothing like a run to get yourself going in the morning. Drink plenty of water, but don’t eat anything. The body burns more body fat when you run on an empty stomach. Run for 15, 30 …. hell, run for a full hour. A runners high is one of the most rewarding feelings a person can experience. Not only is running good for your outward appearance (legs, waist, etc.) it’s great for a healthy heart. Cardio is essential. Drive down the street to your local park or just do a few laps around the block.
2. Work out your buns
I am big on this one and usually spend a majority of my time at the gym working on my legs/glutes. However, when I cannot make it to the gym, I like to follow this routine. It only takes ten minutes, and though it may look easy, I guarantee you’ll be sweating and feeling the burn by the time it’s over. Each movement is done for one minute, so make sure you have a stopwatch handy.
The Leg Reach: You start on your hands and knees and raise one leg (keep it straight) up and down, squeezing the glute each time you move up towards the ceiling. Do this for 1 minute straight then switch legs and repeat.
The Leg Reach Minimized: This is the same thing as former, except this time don’t lower your leg down all the way to the floor. Instead, really focus on shooting it upwards towards the ceiling and squeezing your glutes. Do for 1 minute on each side.
The Donkey Kick: Start on hands and knees, raising one leg so the knee is bent and even with the hip. Keep knee bent and squeeze the glute while raising your foot up towards the ceiling. Do this for 1 minute on each side.
The Squat: The good ol’ squat. Stand with legs a little wider than shoulder width apart and squat all the way down as far to the ground as you can with your arms extended outwards in front of you. Squeeze your glutes all the way back up to standing position. Do for 1 minute, rest, then repeat for another minute.
Single Leg Dead Lift: Begin by standing on one foot, with your leg extended in the air behind you. Keep your back straight, tilt forward and extend your hands towards the ground. Return back up and repeat for a minute on each side.
Just…. Do some push-ups. It’s the age old method to getting toned arms. If you’re having trouble lifting yourself off the ground, try starting on your hands and knees then lift your feet off the ground and do push-ups from there. It’s a bit easier and you still get the same results.
4. Tone the Tummy
The Scissor Kick: Lay on your pack and move your legs in alternating motions, so that they somewhat resemble the blades of a pair of scissors.
The Plank: Begin in a seated position, contract your stomach muscles and lift your legs up to about a 45-degree angle. Reach your arms forward. Lift your back and legs up and off the ground, attempting to touch the feet with the hands each time you come up.