Your favorite weekend activity may be vegging out on the couch watching back-to-back episodes of The Game, but if you want to stay fit and healthy this summer — and beyond — you’ll need more exercise than the occasional walk to the kitchen for a snack. Check out these quick and simple workouts, and you’ll be ready for the beach in no time!
Sweat On the Go with Sworkit
This app is like having a personal trainer in your pocket. After downloading it to your phone, pick the length of your workout and the area of your body you’d like to target. Then, the app will create a customized circuit-training program that will lead you through a randomized routine of strength-training, cardio, yoga, and other exercises, followed by brief breaks every few minutes. Short but intense workouts like these are perfect for breaking a sweat when you don’t have a lot of time.
Dance It Up With Zumba
Zumba is made up of high-intensity cardio routines that are choreographed to songs with Latin-inspired rhythms, and sometimes other popular hits. Try it out on the Wii, check out a class at your local gym, or follow along to free routines on YouTube. You can do it with a friend or go at it solo; either way, you’ll be having too much fun dancing the calories away to even think about being bored. You might be gasping for breath by the end, but we bet you’ll be smiling, too.
Get the Most from Your Daily Routine
Run up and down a flight of stairs for a whole minute. Jump rope to your favorite song. See if you can do all your chores in less than ten minutes while doing sets of jumping jacks. Mixing exercise with your normal routine is an easy — and convenient — way to squeeze in a workout. For even more fun, make it competition by challenging your little brother or your best friend.
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