(Feature photo by Lindsay O’Neil and workout photos by Kimberly Loidolt)
Fifteen Minute Workout
By Kimberly Loidolt
If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a busy schedule. Let’s face it, who doesn’t now-a-days? But if your day is full of mandatory activities and events, how will you ever get your summer body with no time to go to the gym?
The good news is that you don’t need to go all the way to the gym to get your workout on! All you need is an easy 15-minute workout to do either at the beginning or end of the day at home, or even in your office cubicle while you’re waiting on those papers from your coworker. Stay fit and stay busy, best of both worlds.
20 Body Weight Squats
Start easy. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, as you squat down to 90 degrees. Let your arms swing forward naturally to counter your balance, but keep your chest up and your back straight. Make sure your knees never go over your toes!
10 Normal Set Push Ups
Nothing fancy; put your hands on the ground with your arms shoulder width apart, drop down until your elbows bend 90 degrees, and push back up all while keeping your back straight and your butt flat and in line with your back.
Lay down with your hands behind your head and sit up, but only until your shoulder blades are off of the ground, no further. Control your upper body as it lowers to the ground. Make sure to pull up your body with your abs and not by pulling on your neck with your hands.
50 Jumping Jacks
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Start with feet together, jump and bring your arms up into an X shape, and then jump again and bring your arms back down and feet together.
20 Mountain Climbers
Alright, get down on the ground in a push up position again, but this time bring one leg up to your chest, and back to push up position and then switch legs. Repeat back and forth.
30 Second Plank
Stay on the ground for this one. Go into a push up position but, instead of holding yourself up with your hands, use your elbows and forearms. Hold the position without moving or coming down for the allotted time while keeping your back straight and your butt flat and in line with your back.
1 Minute Run in Place
This one is self-explanatory as well. Run in place but make sure that you keep your knees up as high as you can while running and push all the way through your toes.
10 Pistol Squats
Grab a chair, any chair, and stand in front of it facing away from it. Pick up one leg, and sit down on the chair, then stand back up, all while standing on one leg. Repeat 10 times on each side.
25 Calf Raises
Stand with your feet together then raise up onto your tip toes. and then Control your heels as you lower back down to flat feet, and repeat.
Rest for 3 min.
Repeat all exercises again.