8 Bodyweight Exercises You Can Do Anywhere
Are you worried you don't have the right gear for a good workout? Don't be, says Michele Olson, PhD, professor of exercise science at Auburn University in Montgomery. Bodyweight moves—exercises that use the weight of your own body as resistance—can be just as effective as ones done with weights or on fancy machines. What's more, the best bodyweight exercises translate to real life in ways the butt blaster machine simply can't. (Talk about fitness motivation.)
"You can move freely without being attached to, or even contracted by, a weight machine," says Olson. "Functional moves make us better at the things that really matter in our everyday lives, such as squatting down to pick up groceries or reaching overhead to put something on a shelf."
For equipment-free strengthening, try this bodyweight exercise program, which was designed by Olson, four times a week for six weeks. In that time you'll get stronger overall, which translates to a tighter physique, says Olson. Because the moves can be done anywhere, you can fit in this workout on the fly, even if you're stuck on a conference call or in a far-flung hotel.
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