Recovering from Fitness Flops

Best of intentions are, we all know, not always enough to change our habits. Scheduling time to go to the gym three times a week is a great goal, but if life gets in the way to making it out the door or across town, what do you do? Angela Munasque at Better for You shares a simple bodyweight workout that can be done anywhere and easily tailored to the time you have–even if you don’t have time for a full half hour of sustained working out, use these tricks to turn her simple exercises into an incredibly flexible workout.

Jogging on a bright November morning
Jogging on a bright November morning / Ed Yourdon / CC BY 2.0

1. Break it up.

You can’t leave the sick kids alone in the house for 15 minutes to grab a short run. No worries. Do jumping jacks or run in place in 30 second or one minute bursts every time you have to walk from the living room to the kitchen.

2. Multitask.

You’ve been dying to catch the next episode of Downton Abbey. Who hasn’t? Don’t feel like you have to choose between your show and working out. Do the simple bodyweight exercises in a circuit right in your living room while you watch the show.

3. Push yourself a little more.

You know your body. Without injuring yourself, ask yourself while your doing one of these exercises: “Can I handle one more set of reps? Is it really going to throw of my schedule for the day to run for five more minutes?”