Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Quick Morning Workout {No Equipment Needed}

Workout Wednesday, Fitness, Sweat Pink, HIITYou know those mornings when you feel super rushed, and you wonder how you are going to get in a run or a session at the gym? You start to feel guilty just thinking about skipping your workout. 

Even on the busiest of mornings we can find a few minutes to squeeze in a quick workout. For me that would mean shortening my shower by a few minutes. I really enjoy my morning shower time, but I suppose I can sacrifice for the purpose of being healthy ;-)

This quick morning workout will get your heart pumping while targeting all your major muscles groups. It requires no equipment, so really, you can do this anywhere. Perfect, right?



"Short on time? Try this quick morning #workout via @amanda__maureen! #fitness #sweatpink"


You can do these exercises in any order, but I'd recommend starting with the jumping jacks as it will provide a warm-up before you start working the major muscle groups. If you have time for a slightly longer workout, run through the list 2-3 times.


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Jumping Jacks: Start with your feet together and arms at your side. Slightly bend your knees while you propel yourself upward, bringing your legs out to the side slightly wider than shoulder width and your arms up over your head. Quickly jump back to the original position. 


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Squats: Start with your feet approximately hip-width apart. Hinge slightly at the hips while shifting them back and down. As you lower your hips the knees will bend and start to shift forward. Continue to lower yourself until your thighs are parallel or almost parallel to the floor. Don't let your knees travel past the toes. Return to the start position by pushing your feet into the floor through your heels.


Fitness, HIIT, Sweat Pink, Workout Wednesday, sit-ups

Sit-Ups: Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor, heels about a foot from your butt. Place your hands behind your head. Engage your core muscles as you slowly curl your head and shoulders off the floor. Keep your neck relaxed. Continue curling up until your upper back is lifted off the floor. Slowly lower back to the floor.


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Lunges: Start with your feet together, shoulders back, and core engaged. Step forward landing on the heel first. Shift your body weight onto the lead foot. As you step forward into the lunge, focus on a downward movement of the hips. Continue lowering your body to a comfortable position or until your thigh becomes parallel with the floor. Push off with the front leg, engaging your thighs and butt muscles as you return to the starting position. Repeat with the other leg.


Fitness, HIIT, Sweat Pink, Workout Wednesday, push-ups

Push-Ups: Start in a plank position. Keep the core engaged, head aligned with your spine, feet together with toes tucked under and your heels reaching towards the wall behind you. Slowly bend the elbows lowering your body toward the floor. Press upward through your arms, straightening the elbows. 


Fitness, HIIT, Sweat Pink, Workout Wednesday, wall sit

Wall Sit: Position your back against a wall with your feet positioned hip-width apart with toes facing forward. Slowly slide your back down the wall until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Adjust your feet if you need to so that your knees are directly above your ankles. Keep your back flat against the wall and hold the position for 60 seconds.


Fitness, HIIT, Sweat Pink, Workout Wednesday, plannk

Plank: Place your forearms on the ground with the elbows aligned below the shoulders and arms parallel to the body. Ground the toes into the floor and squeeze your glutes to stabilize the body. Hold the position for 60 seconds.

What I really like most about this workout is that it requires zero equipment, you work the entire body, and it doesn't take much time. You can personalize each of the exercises to make them easier or more difficult.


Your turn! How do you squeeze in a quick workout when you are super busy? Do you have a go-to routine when you only have a few minutes to spare?

AK


I'm not  doctor or personal trainer {yet!}-- just someone who loves fitness and wants to share my workouts with my lovely readers :)

This post is linked up with The Fit Foodie Mama for Wild Workout Wednesday and Jill for Fitness Friday. Make sure to stop by and check them out!

All photos were taken with Nikon Coolpix S33 camera.