Finding a workout routine isn’t hard; being consistent with it is. After a long day at work or school, we come home to loads of homework, house chores, and our children. Many people make “staying in shape” a goal for their New Year’s Resolution, and then beat themselves up about it after straying off track. There’s no need to stress about it. After an extremely busy day, the last thing we have time for is working out and, when we finally have that spare time, we use it to relax! Some days we can stay right on schedule, and others we have to play by ear. Trust me ladies, I completely understand. Luckily, there are plenty of workouts that don’t compromise too much time away from your daily schedule. Try them out for yourself!
1.) Couch squats
You’d be surprised how much of a workout you can fit in while watching TV. Standing about shoulder-width apart with your heels grounded and toes pointed forward, slowly bend at the knees, lowering yourself as if you were about to sit, and slowly rise back to standing position. Make sure your torso remains upright during the entire motion. While your eyes and mind are focused on your favorite 30-minute show, you’ll barely feel or even notice that you’ve completed about 100 squats! This exercise helps tone thighs, hips, and glutes.
2.) Office Chair Leg Extension
This exercise is perfect for those who have to sit for extensive hours throughout the day. While sitting, extend one leg out so that the leg is parallel with the floor, and lower it back down slowly. Repeat with the other leg (if there is not enough room beneath your desk or table, you may simply lift the knee until it lightly touches the desk, lower and repeat with opposite leg). This exercise tones the abdominal muscles and increases bloodflow to the legs.
3.) Calf Raises
This popular strength training exercise can literally be done anywhere. I love to do these while I’m brushing my teeth in the morning. Standing with your feet a few inches apart (or on one foot for a challenge), raise your heels as high as you can while shifting your weight to the balls of your feet. Lower your heels close to the ground (but don’t touch it) and raise yourself up again in constant motion. Feel free to hold on to a wall or chair for balance. Try about two sets of 20. This exercise gives great definition to the lower leg.