Previously seen on Nourish Move Love — updated to include new workouts and make this post more user-friendly!
With the warmer temps come more outdoor runs, green smoothies and iced coffees, and a season of travel for my family. A combination of my husband’s beach volleyball schedule and family trips to the lake means that we spend a lot of time on-the-go in the summer.
Being the fairly scheduled, type-A person that I am, I love my routines. I know how tough it can be to keep travel from derailing your fitness goals. Which is why I love having a variety of body weight exercises in fitness routine — no excuses, you can literally workout anywhere with just your bodyweight.
I talked about this in my ‘Morning Routine‘ post, but I think it’s worth mentioning again: habit > willpower. If you’re relying on willpower to get you to the gym every morning, you have to consciously make that choice every single day — which is exhausting! Once you create a habit that decision is no longer a choice you have to make; it’s an automatic habit.
Sometimes that means finding a nearby gym, or going for a run along the beach. But most of the time, I rely on bodyweight exercises.
So I’ve rounded up a dozen of my favorite total body, bodyweight workouts that you can do anytime, anywhere.
My mission has always been about fitting fitness into your daily life. Whether you’re sweating on-the-go, or working out at home and not ready to invest in workout equipment yet, bodyweight workouts are always a great option. And just as effective for weight loss and raising your heart rate as gym equipment.
I’ve included some full-length, follow-along-style videos below if that’s your jam! Otherwise, there are workout options you can screenshot and work off of at your own pace.
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, bodyweight training is one of the top 5 trends for fitness professionals in 2019. That’s right, it’s back to basics! I think a common misconception about bodyweight moves is that they can’t function as strength moves — but with the proper form and intention, they can!
In fact, Mayo Clinic has found that a bodyweight workout can be an effective form of strength training, and is a good addition to fitness programs.
I also think it’s important to say this: the best workout is one you’re going to actually do. I’m a big fan of a good bodyweight workout for that reason alone — it’s hard to find excuses to skip your workout when you don’t need any equipment or a fancy gym to get it done.
I believe the best way to explore a new city if you’re traveling, is to train it. That means, taking your traveling workouts outdoors so I also love these traveling workouts:
And if you’re currently pregnant like me, this 10-Minute Mommy Workout is bodyweight prenatal workout favorite!