Take a look at some of our favorite workouts to freshen up your fitness routine.
Plyometric Exercise Routine
Plyometrics are usually exercises that involve jumping and other explosive movements. They are a great alternative to running if you want to get in a cardio workout with a little more excitement. While burpees and box jumps might come to mind when considering plyometric exercises, there are plenty to choose from that have less impact on your joints.
This video illustrates four plyometric exercises you can incorporate into your fitness routine:
Plyometric Circuit Workout
- Decelerated high-impact lunge: 10 per leg
- Plyometric step up: 10 per leg
- Mountain climbers: 10 per leg
- Decelerated squat jump: 10 total
To complete this circuit workout, do all four exercises in a row. Take a few minutes to rest before restarting the set. Your goal should be to complete four sets of the circuit within a 20-minute time period.
You can work your muscles by performing simple exercises using just your bodyweight, allowing you to build strength without the need for a gym membership. The best part about bodyweight exercises is that they can be performed anywhere from your living room to your favorite park.
This video illustrates six bodyweight workouts you can add to your fitness routine:
- Squat: 3 sets of 10
- Push-ups: 3 sets of 10
- V-ups: 3 sets of 10
- Step ups: 3 sets of 10 (10 on each leg, 20 total)
- Tricep dips: 3 sets of 10
- Plank: 30-60 seconds
To complete a bodyweight exercise routine, complete 3-5 sets of 10 for each exercise. For example, do 10 squats. Take 1½-2 minutes of rest before completing 10 more squats. Repeat this until you've done a total of 3-5 rounds of squats, and then move on to the next exercise. You can make this routine more or less challenging by increasing or decreasing the number of reps and sets completed.
Don't leave your core muscles out of your fitness routine! Abdominal exercises are another type of exercise that can be performed nearly anywhere with little to no equipment. Not only does a strong core do wonders for confidence, but having strong abdominal muscles can also decrease your risk of back injuries.
This video shows how to perform five different abdominal exercises:
- Forearm plank: 3 sets of 30 seconds
- Side plank: 3 sets of 30 seconds
- Crunches: 3 sets of 20
- Heel taps: 3 sets of 10 per leg
- Toe taps: 3 sets of 10 per leg
To complete this ab workout, perform 10-20 reps of each exercises 3-5 times. You can either do all 3-5 sets of each exercise at once, resting for a few minutes in between each set, or you can complete all 5 one time through before taking a rest and starting again from the top.
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