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How to Get Creative with Your Bodyweight Exercises

Bodyweight exercises don't have to be boring. Here are some ways to add variety to your daily routine. Try them out to give your regular exercise routine a little shake up! 

Squats

Squats are a great way to strengthen and build your thigh and glute muscles. Vary the distance between your feet to work different areas of the muscle groups. Sink down as though you are about to sit in a chair, keeping your knees over your toes. Push your weight through your heels as you push back up. Once you have mastered squats alone, add a thrust afterward. When you reach the bottom of the squat, continue lowering yourself to the floor. Enter the push up position so that your hands are on the floor directly under your shoulders and thrust your feet behind you. Then push your feet back under you and raise up fully. Do two sets of eight reps each.

Push ups

Push ups are wonderful for sculpting your shoulders. If you are tired of the basic push up, extend one arm to the side at the top of the push up. You can also lower yourself into a half push up and hold the pose for five seconds before raising to the top. Vary your hand locations on push ups to work different arm and shoulder groups. Start with two sets of eight repetitions.

Sit ups

Sit ups and crunches work your entire core. Try changing them up by adding a knee raise. As you reach the top of the sit up or crunch, raise one knee and touch it to the opposite elbow. Use your glutes to pull your knee up so that more muscles are engaged. Repeat with the other side. You can also try using a stability ball with crunches to help challenge different muscle groups. Do three sets of 10 repetitions.

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