Workout without a Gym
– We’ve all been there. On the road, away from home, visiting friends, or maybe the gym is just closed. We want (even need) to workout, but there’s no gym available. What to do?
If you remembered to bring your jump rope, then problem solved. Jump ropes are light, small, and easy to carry with you. And just 6 minutes of jumping rope at high-intensity gives you the same cardio benefits as 30 minutes of jogging. Plus, you can do it anywhere (just about), even in your hotel room.
But maybe – arrgh – you forgot your jump rope too! Well, there’s still plenty of other exercises you can do for a quick workout. Here’s a few:
Climb stairs (real ones). Find a stairwell. Climb it. Go down. Climb it again. Repeat until you feel the burn.
Push-ups. The old-fashioned army kind. Or, if you prefer, fancy yoga push-ups. They will make you sweat and give you that upper body burn. Plus, keeping your body horizontal works the core.
Plank. If push-ups are too hard (or not your thing), then just hold the plank position for a minute straight. This will give you many of the same benefits as push-ups for the core and shoulders.
Sit-ups. We all did them in high school gym class, and they still work. Mix and match with leg lifts, crunches, or your favorite variation until you can’t do any more.
Get going. If all else fails, just go for a run or (oops, forgot your sneakers) a walk.
And, of course, you can do more than one of these until you get that good “I just worked-out” feeling.
No gym. No excuse. You can workout anywhere, without a gym!