When there’s more on the to-do list than there are hours in the day, getting a proper workout can feel like just another chore. A great way to fight through the fitness vs. times struggle is by breaking up your workouts into manageable chunks throughout the week.
There’s no reason you have to spend an hour each day conditioning your entire body. Instead, try working out a different group each day, and mix in a little cardio on the days you have leftover.
At least one of your days should be devoted to the upper body, and you can do it quickly and efficiently without sacrificing the rest of the day. Here’s an excellent 20-minute routine to try. Do it regularly one to two times a week in tandem with healthy eating, and you will start to see your muscle tone popping and your strength gaining!
Surefire 20 Minute Upper Body Routine
3 Rounds of the Following Exercises:
Jumping leg tucks (14 reps)
Begin standing with your legs shoulder-width apart. Jump as high as you can while bringing your knees to your chest.
Push-Ups (10 reps)
Squeeze your abdominal and glute muscles to keep your body straight, and level as you lower yourself to a position that is parallel with your elbows. You may place your hands wherever on the ground is comfortable.
Sit-Ups (15 reps)
Cross your arms over your chest if you’re pulling too much on your neck during this exercise.
Mountain Climbers (15 reps)
Begin in the push-up position. Alternate bringing your knees to your chest in rapid succession.
Glute bridges (14 reps)
Begin by laying on your back. Lift your pelvis upward as far as you can, squeezing your glutes and your abdominals. Relax and repeat.
Plank for 1 minute
Squeeze your core to maximize the benefit of this exercise. Don’t let your back sag!
Upper Body Workout Explained
The purpose of this particular website is to challenge your upper body without turning them to jello. You’ll need them to function properly the next day! So we alternate exercises that strengthen your core with exercises that improve your upper body fitness. As all muscle groups are interconnected in some way, the benefits should be felt throughout your body.
Raising Your Heart Rate
We also want to make sure your body is working in a zone that encourages more calorie burning while simultaneously building calorie consuming muscle. That’s why we inject exercises like jumping leg tucks and mountain climbers to help supercharge your heart rate just when it starts to settle.