How to Stay in Shape This Summer: Your Complete 20-Minute Full-Body Workout
With the summer season in full swing, many of us are looking for convenient ways to stay fit and active without committing to lengthy gym sessions or complicated workout routines. We want to be outside enjoying the weather as much as possible, so the idea of being cooped up in a sweaty gym for hours every week can deter us from exercising and before we know we’ve lost all motivation.
Fortunately, you can achieve your fitness goals, stay in shape and maintain your motivation by incorporating a 20-minute full-body home workout into your weekly routine. In this blog, we will guide you through a practical and effective workout plan that you only need to do three times a week to see results. Plus, we'll explore how you can complement your workout routine with enjoyable outdoor activities to really make the most of the sunny season!
The 20-Minute Full-Body Workout
Our workout routine below is designed to target all major muscle groups while maximising calorie burn and boosting overall fitness. Here's a step-by-step breakdown of the exercises you can perform.
Warm-Up (3 minutes)
Start with a short warm-up to prepare your body for the workout - this is extremely important to avoid injuries. Some of the best ways to warm up are to perform light cardio exercises such as jogging on the spot, jumping jacks, or high knees. This will increase your heart rate, improve blood circulation, and loosen up your muscles so you’re ready to step the intensity up a notch.
Circuit Training (14 minutes)
Circuit training is a form of exercise that involves performing a series of exercises in a sequence, with little to no rest in between. It is scientifically proven to be a fantastically effective way to improve cardiovascular fitness and build strength and muscle tone. The continuous movement and intensity also boosts your metabolism, promoting fat burn and weight loss. And, because you perform a variety of exercises, you are able to target different muscle groups, providing a full-body workout.
Now let’s get to it.
You should perform each exercise in the circuit for 45 seconds, followed by a 15-second rest before moving on to the next exercise. Complete the circuit three times.
1. Standing Row with Resistance Bands
Step on a resistance band with your feet shoulder-width apart. Hold the band with your arms extended in front of you and pull it towards your chest, squeezing your shoulder blades together. Return to the starting position and repeat.
Try our latex resistance bands which are perfect for home workouts and can be taken with you wherever you go, so you never miss a workout. They can add resistance to this exercise as well as other exercises that work on the legs, arms, glutes or abs.
2. Push-Ups with Sliders
Wanting to make the exercise more difficult? Then place the sliders under your feet and perform a mountain climber in between push-ups. To do this, start in a high plank position, bring one knee towards your chest, resume high plank, then repeat with the opposite leg, all the time keeping your core engaged.
Our core sliders are ideal for this one, helping you develop whole-body coordination, balance and strength. They are compact, lightweight and easy to take on the go.
3. Squats with Resistance Bands
Place a resistance band just above your knees. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and toes slightly turned out. Lower your body into a squat position, keeping your knees aligned with your toes. Return to the starting position and repeat.
If you want resistance bands that don’t drop or roll as you move and can be adjusted to suit your individual size and shape, opt for our adjustable fabric resistance bands. These can be combined with our core sliders if you’re looking to up the intensity!
4. Plank with Wrist/Ankle Weights
Get into a plank position by assuming a push-up position with your forearms on the ground, engaging your core and maintaining a straight line from head to toe. Aim to hold the position for 45 seconds, slowly working your way up to holding it for longer.
Try our 4lb wrist and ankle weights with this exercise to add just the right amount of resistance to your plank, helping tone and sculpt your muscles. These are simple, stylish and like our other fitness accessories, easily transportable, so that no matter where you are, you can bring your own personal gym with you.
Cool-Down (3 minutes)
Just like warming up, it’s also extremely important to cool down to avoid stiff and sore muscles. After completing the circuit, take a few minutes to stretch your muscles, particularly the major muscle groups, such as your hamstrings, quadriceps, chest, shoulders, and back.
Outdoor Activities to Complement Your Workout Routine
To make the most of the summer season and maintain a well-rounded fitness routine, incorporate enjoyable outdoor activities into your weekly schedule. This can help naturally increase your activity level and give you enjoyment and pleasure at the same time, helping keep your motivation and spirits high. Here are a few suggestions for outdoor activities you could try.
Take a walk
Walking is an excellent low-impact exercise that can be done almost anywhere and is a great way to stay fit and healthy. Take advantage of the pleasant weather (hopefully) and explore the countryside, local parks or wherever you like to walk, on foot. But don’t dawdle, as research has found brisk walking to be the most effective way to improve fitness and strength.
Head to the nearest swimming pool, lake, or beach for a refreshing swim. Swimming is a full-body workout that improves cardiovascular endurance, tones muscles, and reduces stress on joints. Whether it's a leisurely dip or an energetic swim, you'll be reaping the benefits.
Go on a bike ride
Hop on a bicycle and go for a scenic ride! Cycling is a fun way to burn calories, strengthen your lower body, and enjoy the great outdoors. Explore bike trails or ride to nearby destinations, turning your workout into an adventure.
Staying fit, healthy and in shape during the summer doesn't have to involve long intense training sessions. By dedicating just 20 minutes, three times per week, to a full-body home workout, you can still improve your cardiovascular fitness and tone and strengthen your muscles for a sculpted look - perfect for the summer bikini season!
Plus, complementing your workout routine with outdoor activities like walks, swims, and bike rides will help you embrace the summer spirit while keeping fit and well. So grab your portable equipment, soak up the sunshine, and enjoy a summer of health and fitness.
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