Workout Anytime Anywhere
Excuses, excuses. We all make them and at perilously high frequency when it comes to working out. Literally anything can qualify as a very very good reason not to go to the gym at the time, and suddenly we become the masters of making excuses.
You don’t even have to be particularly lazy to make these excuses, even the most religious of us gym goers have the tendency to find reasons not to go. One of the most popular being your location, or activities on any given day. “Well I’m on vacation, I don’t have a gym around here or any of my equipment!” you scream at the mirror as you willfully forget that the lady at the front desk told you about the gym downstairs.
For those of you who are swear by these excuses, the kings and queens of “I’ll pick up my routine the second my schedule is back to normal”, I’ve got some great news for you. Many of us out there don’t have the option to decide to be super lazy on any given day, or even a series of several days. There are options for you to get your full body exercise in without having the luxury of a nearby gym, or equipment to use instead.
The Anytime Workout #1
GQ reports that Gunnar Peterson, a celebrity fitness coach who definitely doesn’t believe in making the aforementioned excuses, who works for the Los Angeles Lakers as their “director of strength and endurance” (yes that’s considered a job title in L.A.) has a routine just for you. It happens to also be for people like Matthew McConaughey and good old Sylvester Stallone, so if fit’s good enough for them on the go, it’s good enough for you on the go.
So that is:
- 10 Body-weight Squats
- 10 Push-ups
- 10 Supermans
- 20 Crunches.
Do this exercise with barely any rest in between for anywhere between 5 and 10 sets.
For some of the more fit of you readers out there, you may want to add some variety to some of these simple exercises to make them more challenging. But for most of you, this should be good enough.
The Anytime Workout #2
For a slightly more intense version of an anytime fitness check-up, here’s a slightly more extensive option to tighten up that bod while you’re out and about. Same as the first, these don’t require any outside equipment and are a no excuse allowed routine.
- 10 Lunge Kicks
- 20 Squats
- 30 Mountain Climbers
- 20 Jumping Jacks
- 10 Burpees
Do this routine about 3 times in a row with as little rest in between movements as you can manage, then rest after. Once you’re good and rejuvenated, hydrated, or whatever else you need to be to continue your exercise, move on to the actual work out itself.
- 20 Push-ups
- 30 second dolphin plank
- 20 bicycle crunches
After you’re done with that set, move on to:
- 15 Squat Jumps
- 30 Second Wall-Sit
- 15 Skater Lunges
These are all extremely easy to do when you’re on the road. You can do them in your hotel room, your Airbnb, outdoors if you’re camping or whatever. You get it, anywhere. A few other important tips for staying fit on the go, drink tons and tons of water. Anytime you’re thinking of pulling into the local fast-food restaurant and picking up a gigantic soda that comes with whatever greasy delight you choose, get water to go with it at least.
Caffeine is great and we all need it all the time seemingly, but remember how much it’s dehydrating you, inhibiting your overall fitness, and causing you to retain extra fat from all those fast-food burgers. Stretching is also just as important, especially since you’re probably in the same position traveling for hours on end. Your joints lock up, your spine gets stiff, and after a few hours it all adds up.
Follow these simple exercises when you can’t get to the usual spot, or aren’t on your usual routine for whatever reason. It’s a damn shame you’ve read this article, because the next time you’re running around doing who knows what, and you find anytime to relax, you’ll remember: I could be working out right now.