Illustration by Shannon Orcutt
You don’t need a fancy gym or equipment to get a work out right where you are. Here are a few of our favorite full-body exercises that require nothing more than your own bodyweight:
- Bear Crawl: Starting on the hands and knees, rise up onto the toes, tighten the core, and slowly reach forward with the right arm and right knee, followed by the left side. Continue the crawl for 8-10 reps.
- Mountain Climber: Starting on your hands and knees, bring the left foot forward directly under the chest while straightening the right leg. Keeping the hands on the ground and core tight, jump and switch legs. The left leg should now be extended behind the body with the right knee forward.
- Burpees: One of the most effective full-body exercises around, this one starts out in a low squat position with hands on the floor. Next, kick the feet back to a push-up position, complete one push-up, then immediately return the feet to the squat position. Leap up as high as possible before squatting and moving back into the push-up portion of the show.
And trust us, there’s plenty more where those came from (as in, 47 more).
The Takeaway: All you need is your own bodyweight to get an effective workout. These 50 exercises can be done just about anywhere.
No More Being Bashful
The best thing about working out in the privacy of your own home? No one’s around to see you turn bright red.
Our faces turn red when we exercise, yes. Turkeys, on the other hand, actually have growths on their throat (called a carunkle) that turn red when they’re upset or courting.