Sun’s out, guns out — so here are five basic exercises you can do at home to tone up for the summer months.
A staple of every athlete’s fitness regimen because they work out your arms and core without any equipment needed. Good technique requires your shoulders back, your back straight, and your head and neck aligned with your hips and torso. Widen your hands to work out your chest or narrow your grip to target your triceps.
Strengthen your thighs and backside by standing with your feet slightly wider than your hips, then squatting with your arms outstretched and your back straight like you’re sitting on an invisible chair, before pushing back up to the standing position. Lunges — take a large step then lower your hips until both knees are bent at a 90-degree angle — have the same effect. Target 50 per set.
Tone your arms by placing your hands shoulder width apart on a chair, sliding your bum off the front of the seat with your legs extended — keep your back close the the chair while slowly bending your elbows to a 90-degree angle, so that your backside is almost touching the ground. Hold it for five seconds before lifting your body back up, aiming for 20 reps per set.
Another classic that will sharpen up your abs before you hit the beach this summer, lie flat on your back with your knees bent then lift your torso towards your legs with your shoulders back and your chin tucked into your chest. Put your hands on your head for added difficulty, 20 reps.
Sneak some cardio into your workout by starting in a high plank position (hands directly under the shoulders, body straight from head to toe), then pump your knees up alternately to your chest as fast as you can while keeping your body straight (don’t arch your back or let your hips push upwards). Test yourself for 60 seconds.