Contributor: Justin Smith – CPT and FNS
Photography: Jordan Mobley
We all have great intentions. If you are like many people, you set a new year’s resolution or goal to lose weight, hit the gym more, get stronger or run a half marathon. While the intent is pure, these resolutions often fade quickly and give way to job demands, house responsibilities, relationship development, schoolwork, and parenting, among other duties. According to Forbes, after 30 days only 25% of people are still committed to their resolutions, and a mere 8% of people follow through consistently on their resolutions throughout the entire year.
With the arrival of spring, we often feel a sense of doom if we are among the 92% that don’t fully follow through on
these great intentions from January 1st. This feeling of
trepidation can be exacerbated when we begin seeing our friends’ beach pictures on Facebook/Instagram and they’re looking toned and curvy in their bikini or muscular and ripped in their swim shorts.
Spring is an energizing time of year. Snow, ice and 30-degree
temperatures give way to warm sunny days and brisk evenings.
Daylight hours increase, outdoor events and charity runs become pervasive and vacations with friends and/or family are ubiquitous. The combination of warm weather and vacations can cause us to avoid going to the gym. However, being away from your normal routine at home doesn’t mean you need to forego your workouts. Whether you are preparing to look your best for spring break, want to be outdoors more, or want to continue to workout while on vacation, here is a list of exercises:
1. PUSH UPS
Push-ups with claps
2. AIR SQUATS
Squat Holds against a wall
3. WALKING LUNGES
Alternating Lunges in Place
Advanced Version: Lunge Jumps
4. JUMP ROPES
Jump in place without a rope
5. PLANK/PUSH-UP POSITION HOLD
Plank on Elbows