January 6, 2014

{WELLNESS} 5 Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

One of my promises to myself this year is to prioritize the need for balanced physical and mental health. For me, this means maintaining an active lifestyle (even when there's literally 3-feet high of snow outside my apartment building), eating the foods that make me feel energetic (and avoiding the ones that don't), and participating in small acts of self-care, like taking a bath, turning off my phone, and reading a book at the end of a stressful day.

Building a small wardrobe that is dedicated to my physical activity has helped me zone-in on my intentions with my time -- kind of the way a proper workspace psychologically triggers a person into being more productive. Slipping into my favorite workout pants, tying up my shoelaces, and zipping up my Taffy jacket (it's cold, after all!) is a hint that it's time to get my heart rate working. Though the weather is a serious deterrent to going for a jog outside, cycling around town, or even getting myself to the gym - there are tons of work-outs that you can literally do anywhere. 

To help outfit all our activewear wardrobes, Taffy Activewear is offering 25% off your entire order AND free shipping with the promo code "NICOLETTEMASON"! Promo expires January 31st, 2014.

Planking may have been a viral sensation that translated to "(usually inebriated) people laying on things," but the exercise itself helps with balance and strengthening your core. Depending on your endurance, this can be achieved either by resting on your forearms or fully extending your arms and resting on your palms. As you hold your pose, you should tighten your abs and glutes to get the best results. Try to hold the pose for as long as you can!
Lunges are an essential part of strength training, and while they seem simple enough (and mostly, they are) it's important to remember to keep your upper body straight and your shoulders back - leaning forward can seriously strain your joints. When you step forward, lower your hips until both your knees are bent at a 90-degree angle.

People do crunches in many different ways depending on their strengths and goals, but one of the things that makes this default exercise so popular is its massive versatility. Centered around strengthening the core, you are able to incorporate different movements to strengthen your arms and legs, as well. My favorite version of the crunch is the "bicycle crunch," which incorporates your muscles from head to toe.

Tricep Dips
This is another exercise that is easy to do anywhere and requires little space.  You can use a bench, stairs, chair or even the ground for this simple workout. Keep your hands shoulder-width apart when doing this exercise. Bend your elbows towards the ground until they reach about a 90-degree angle. Then push yourself back up, keeping your weight on your heels. You can do this 15 - 20 times, then repeat up to three-sets.

Body Weight Squat
Another equipment-less, do-it-anywhere stand-by: the squat. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart while holding your arms straight in front of you. Make sure your arms are parallel to the floor. Then lower your body towards the floor by bending your knees. Then bring yourself back to where you started. Work up to 3-sets of 20-reps each.

This post is sponsored by Taffy Activewear.
All opinions are my own. 
Taffy Activewear is offering 25% off your entire order AND free shipping with the promo code "NICOLETTEMASON"! Promo expires January 31st, 2014.


  1. The hardest part I've noticed is just getting off your butt and doing it. I'm sure some new workout gear would inspire me to get active.

  2. Happy New Year Nicolette! You look great in your Taffy! Congrats btw--how exciting!!

  3. These are great and very attainable exercises!!! You can literally do them anywhere, that's what I look for in exercises =D

    Rosie's Life

  4. Great Read. Good motivation.

  5. Great suggestions! Planking is one of those things that I just can't do and it's driving me crazy - I'm committed to building up my arm strength this year so I can more than a few wobbly seconds. Thank you so much for this inspiration!

  6. Thank you, Nicolette…it's time for me to get my move on. And I confess, I made my last purchase of the season via Lane Bryant activewear sale…buy one get one free….I just had to. I know I know. I will be going to Buffalo Exchange sometime this week so I'm gonna do the right thing. Humph.

  7. I love these - it took me a while before I could do a tricep dip but now that I can (and somewhat a squat - still working on form!), these are perfect. I know I'm much more likely to do a set of these and some limited cardio (burpees, jumping jacks, jump rope) than actually leave the apartment to hit the treadmill!

    This is a perfect post to bookmark (or pin) for hotel rooms when traveling, too.


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