Some easy-to-do-anywhere exercises

September 22, 2015

An important part of healthy living is exercise. If you're away from home or the gym, try some of these easy-to-do-anywhere exercises. And remember to switch it up! The body hates routine!

Some easy-to-do-anywhere exercises

French curl

  1. Lie on the floor with a supportive pillow beneath your head, shoulders and upper back. Bend your knees 90 degrees and place your feet flat on the floor.
  2. While in this position, hold a pair of dumbbells straight above your body and angled slightly back so that your hands are above your head with the palms facing each other.
  3. Keeping the rest of your body still, slowly bend your elbows and lower the weights behind your head. Pause, then straighten your elbows and return to the starting position.

Side lunge

  1. Stand straight. Move your feet farther than shoulder-width apart so that you move into a straddle stance.
  2. Bend your right knee and shift your weight to the right, lowering your buttocks toward the floor as far as you can. Keep your right knee in line with your toes.
  3. Then push back up to the starting position. Repeat on the other side. Alternate for a full set with each leg.

Shoulder roll

  1. Lie face up on a balance ball in a "bridge position," with your upper back against the ball, your hips lifted in line with your back, your knees bent at 90 degrees and your feet flat on the floor. Extend your arms over your chest and clasp your hands together.
  2. Exhale and lower your hands to the right as far as comfortably possible. Your left shoulder, torso and maybe even your buttock will rise as your right hip lowers. Pause, then return to the starting position. Repeat on the opposite side.
  3. If you are afraid of losing your balance, brace your toes against a wall to prevent rolling too far as you perform this move.

Criss-cross curls

  1. Stand holding a pair of dumbbells at your sides, with your palms facing your thighs and your knees slightly bent.
  2. Keeping your back straight and your elbows tucked close to your sides, slowly bend your right elbow and curl the weight up and across your body so your right hand is below your left shoulder with the palm facing your body. Pause, then return to the starting position.
  3. Repeat with the other arm. Alternate for a full set with each arm.

Try some of these easy-to-do-anywhere exercises while you're away from home and the gym to keep yourself fit anywhere you go.

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