Autumn Workout

Now that sadly the summer is over and you are back in the swing of your busy school schedule, you may have trouble finding as much time to work out. I can recommend three great easy workouts that a fitness trainer that I occasionally see recommended that you can do anywhere, anytime and with no equipment needed.

The first workout I advocate is the walking lunges. You can do this workout with or without weights. First, stand with your feet hip-distance apart. Then, step forward with your right leg, keeping your weight over your heel, bending both of your knees 90 degrees with your arms at your sides with your elbows bent. Be careful that your front knee doesn’t go past your toes and the back of your knee is in line with your hip. Push off your left toes and lunge forward with your left leg. Repeat for at least 2 minutes.

The second workout I suggest is the side shuffle squats. First, turn to your right side. Next, take three small steps with your left foot to left side, followed by right foot to right side, while keeping your knees slightly bent. Then, bend your knees 90 degrees into squat, keeping your weight over your heels (don’t let your knees go past toes). Hold for one count, and then pivot off your left foot so you’re now facing the left side. Lastly, repeat, leading with right foot, doing three shuffle steps and a squat. Continue this for at least 2 minutes, alternating sides.

The last workout I recommend is the knees up exercise. First, you need to find any sturdy elevated surface for example; a bench, a curb, a stair, etc. The higher the step, the harder it will be. First, step up with your right foot, lifting your left knee toward chest. Second, step down with your left foot and then your right foot. You should repeat this at least15 times and then switch feet. Continue for at least 2 minutes.

I hope these workouts will help and motivate you to continue working out during the school year or maybe motivate you to start working out. Not only do these workouts take only a short time to complete, but they are great at burning off fat fast and getting you lean and toned!