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Micro-Workouts You Can Do Anywhere

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Spending an hour at the gym is a luxury many of us just don’t have time for.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze in a mini-workout.There are many exercises you can do quickly even while you’re brushing your teeth!

  • Wall sits: Slowly slide your back down a wall until your thighs are parallel to the ground and knees are directly above the ankles. With a straight back, try to hold this position for one minute. This exercise helps strengthen your leg and core muscles.
  • Air squats: This is a great movement to improve your flexibility and strengthen your lower body and core. To do a proper squat, pull your hips and rear back as you squat down, making sure your knees do not protrude past your toes. Keep your heels on the floor, your back flat and your toes facing outward. When squatting down, your knees should also push out, following the direction of your toes.
  • Air squat with side leg lift: Do the same squat as above, but when you stand up, lift the left leg out to the left side at about a 45-degree angle. Lower the leg back down to the starting position and the squat down again. When you come up the next time, kick the right leg out.
  • Calf raises: Simply stand with your feet directly over your hips. Then lift and lower your heels in a slow and controlled motion, and repeat for a minute. Calf raises are a great way to help tone and shape your legs.