By Sam Wood
How very wrong I was. You don’t need a gym or an expensive studio membership to achieve incredible results. Here are some of my favourite workouts and exercises you can do anywhere, any time.
Running isn’t necessarily everyone’s cup of tea but it truly can be done anywhere. I love to go for a run when I’m travelling as it’s a great way to explore a new place. Take it a step further by running intervals. Not only do you get better bang for your buck (less time required and more calories burnt) your body will continue burning calories after your workout has finished.
The best thing about body weight exercises is the options are endless and you don’t need any equipment. You can do body weight exercises in your kitchen, in a park or even in a hotel room (there really are no excuses not to work out!). To get the most out of your body weight moves, pick ones that use multiple muscle groups. My favourite calorie burning body weight exercises include:
Know where a set of stairs are nearby? Great, you’re sorted then. Running stairs is a great cardio workout that pushes your heart rate to the max and works multiple leg muscles at once. Mix it up by running one step a time, then two and even three (safety permitting!).
Jog down to allow your heart rate to drop slightly before going again.
You don’t always need to be dripping with sweat and gasping for air for it to be a great workout. A lower-impact workout that works your whole body is a great option. Doing a pilates-style mat-based workout with compound movements that rely on multiple muscle groups can be incredibly effective as this helps you to work more than one area at once. Adding in isolation exercises is great for toning up target areas and feeling that deep burn.
The workouts above are some that I have included in my online program. They have since become favourites amongst my 28ers because you can do them just about anywhere. So, now that I’ve given you four great options- you truly have no excuse not to get active!
Now a successful Wellness Coach in Melbourne, Sam Wood ha an extensive background in health, fitness and lifestyle. Read more about him here.
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