Energy for Life: Easy Sad-Busting Workout

If you’ve been stuck inside all winter — especially this winter — you’re probably going a little stir crazy, but perhaps also finding the motivation to be active a little hard to find. The weather is not so great, the sun isn’t shining, and you’ve settled into a winter hibernation routine. It’s a perfect storm for inactivity and possible Seasonal Affective Disorder (the appropriately acronymed SAD).

But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and spring is near! To make it easier for you to bust out of hibernation and get active, here’s a quick and easy workout for people of all ages and abilities. No equipment is necessary, and you don’t even have to think too hard since the workout is already drawn up for you. Plus, physical activity, any activity, is a great weapon to fight SAD and the depression, melancholy, and physical ailments that come with it. 

Exercise makes for great medicine, plus the prescription is free. As a bonus, you can grab the kids and get them involved too! They’ll be happy (and you’ll be happy) for the energy outlet. 

Equipment-Free Circuit Workout

Level: Beginner or Intermediate

Warm Up: 5 minutes. Walk briskly, walking up and down stairs, or stepping up and down on a single step.

Workout: Move from one exercise to the next as quickly as possible, keeping your rest time as short as you can. Feel free to modify as needed to make it easier or harder, adding or reducing reps and rest time based on your ability. 

1. 25 Jumping Jacks
2. 10 Crunches
3. 60 Second Plank
4. 25 High Knees (each knee)
5. 10 Burpees
6. 15 Crunches
7. 15 Bodyweight Squats
8. 10 Pushups
9. 1 Minute Wall Sit
10. 60 Second Plank
11. 10 Bodyweight Squats
12. 25 Jumping Jacks
13. 10 Crunches
14. 1 Minute Wall Sit
15. 10 Pushups
16. 25 High Knees (each knee)
17. 60 Second Plank
18. 1 Minute Wall Sit 
Cool Down: 5 minutes of active stretching.




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