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#WorkoutWednesday: The Best Body-Weight Workout

It should be known that getting in great shape does not require a gym membership or tons of workout equipment. In fact, you can tone your arms, abs and legs by simply using your body weight when performing the following exercises. This effective body-weight workout is handy if you’re low on time and also don’t have a gym pass or workout equipment on hand.

JUMPING JACKS: This exercise is very familiar to all, since it has probably been practiced since we were children! Do this for 30 seconds.

PRISONER SQUAT: To do this, you must first stand with your feet spread shoulder width apart. Then, place your hands on the back of your head. Next, you will lower your body as far as you can by pushing your hips back and bending your knees, as if trying to do a normal squat. Once down, pause briefly, then slowly push yourself back up. Twenty reps should be good to start with.

CLOSE-HANDS PUSH UP: Another familiar exercise that many have probably had experience with since childhood, the push up is modified by placing your hands closer to each other, as if making a diamond formation. If you cannot do a full push up for the moment, feel free to try with your knees down. Form is always key, so if you find your hips sagging down during any point of this exercise, then that should mean it is your last repetition and promptly end the set. Twenty reps should suffice.

WALKING LUNGES: Twelve reps will be good for this exercise. To start, you will stand with your feet hip width apart and your hands on them. Next, step forward with your right leg into a lunge. Pause, then raise up and alternate your leg by lunging forward with your left leg.

MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS: To do this exercise, you will get into a push up position. Then, simply lift your knees to your chest as high as you can and alternate legs quickly as if you’re, in effect, climbing a mountain from that position. Do ten reps.

RUN IN PLACE: This exercise is very self-explanatory. Do this for 30 seconds.

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