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The Only 4 Exercises You Really Need For A Full Body Workout

I like these exercises because they are great for a full body workout that can be done anywhere and anytime by using just your own body weight.

Four Best Exercises For A Full Body Workout

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Plank: Tones the abs, chest, forearms, shoulders, and back. Photo credit: Richard Sibbald.

Plank: Tones the abs, chest, forearms, shoulders, and back

Starting in a push-up position, keeping your body weight on your hands and the balls of your feet, arms straight, wrists directly below your shoulders, keep your body in a straight line from your head to your feet. If you’re a beginner, instead of being on your hands, rest on your forearms, keeping your elbows directly below your shoulders. For more of a challenge, raise 1 leg off the floor for 30 seconds and then switch legs. Hold for as long as you can, working up to 1 minute, that’s 1 rep. Do 2 to 3 reps.

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Push-up: Tones the chest, shoulders, triceps, abs, hips, and back. Photo credit: Richard Sibbald.

Push-up: Tones the chest, shoulders, triceps, abs, hips, and back

Start in the plank position, but place hands slightly wider than shoulders and body in a straight line. Bend elbows, keeping them close to your body, and lower your body to the floor, as far as you can go, and then push back up. Repeat as many as you can. If you’re a beginner, do the push up on your knees, keeping your body in a straight line from head to knees. For more of a challenge, lift 1 leg off the floor as you do each push-up.

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Chair Dip: Tones your triceps and core muscles. Photo credit: Richard Sibbald.

Chair Dip: Tones your triceps and core muscles

Sit on the edge of a sturdy, stable chair, hands at your sides and firmly grip the edge of the chair. Legs together, place your feet flat on the floor in front of you so that when you slide your body off the chair your knees are above your ankles. Hold your abdominal muscles in and lower your body straight down, as far as you can, then push yourself back up. If you’re a beginner, place your feet closer to the chair, just bend your elbows slightly and hold your body up and away from the chair. For more of a challenge, place your feet further away from the chair and deepen your dip. Repeat as many times as you can.

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Squat: Tones quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes. Photo credit: Richard Sibbald.

Squat: Tones quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Keeping your body weight on your heels, keep your back straight from your head to your tailbone, bend your knees and lower your body as low as you can go, slowly press through your heels and squeeze your glutes as you come back to your standing position. Do 3 reps of 20 squats.

If you are looking for a full body workout, you have come to the right place.

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Noreen Lange

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Noreen Lange has a BS in kinesiology with a minor in fitness, nutrition and health. With over 10 years combined experience as a certified group fitness instructor, personal trainer, and nutrition and wellness consultant, Noreen has worked with celebrities, high profile athletes, and professional sports teams including Tony Gwynn and the San Diego Padres. Comments

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