As a girl in my early 20s, heading to the weight room on the daily can be quite daunting.
Not only is it awkward being the only girl in the weight room most of the time, but figuring out how to use the big machines can also be a trying task.
On top of that, switching out weight plates after each exercise can be tiring, and waiting to use a machine can be boring.
That being said, I don't head to the weight room very often.
Despite my absence in the weight room, however, I have still managed to maintain a toned, thin physique.
In addition to the cardio I do three to four times per week, I have come up with six exercises that I do every day to keep my muscles firm and tight.
These six exercises work all parts of the body.
They are quick, easy and will keep you in shape.
Do three sets of 12 for each of these workouts, and you can add on your own dumb bells to make it even harder:
Planking is a classic way to tone both your arms and your core.
This isometric exercise strengthens your arm muscles, tightens your abs and helps improve your posture.
Try moving back and forth on your toes to engage your back, shoulders and calves for an even better burn. Do these planks in sets of 30 seconds for a full body burn.
A lunge is a great movement for strengthening your thighs and butt.
If you want a perky booty for those summertime shorts, this is the move for you. Remember to lunge down just barely touching your knee to the floor in order to engage deep into your muscles.
3. Jump squat
Squatting low and jumping high is the key to a good jump squat.
This exercise will work out your legs and booty while also adding in a good bit of cardio.
If you're not sweating after doing a round of these, you're not going deep enough!
4. Russian twist
This movement is a fantastic way to work out those abs. Keep your knees bent and your feet elevated off the floor, and turn your torso from side to side.
The further you lean back, the better results you'll get.
This workout targets your obliques, while also working out the lower pooch area that is so hard to get rid of.
Try it with a dumb bell for even tighter obliques and a back workout all in one!
I know, I know, this is everyone's least favorite exercise.
But the benefits are just too good to pass up this multipurpose workout move!
Start by jumping high in to the air, giving those calves a fierce burn. Then, jump down into the plank position and dip into a push-up, focusing on those back and biceps.
Then, pop back up to feel that cardio.
6. Curtsy lunge
This workout move is my absolute favorite! If you are new to working out, then you will definitely feel it the next day!.
Start with your feet hip-width apart, hands on your hips. Take a step back with your left leg, crossing it behind your right and bending your knees in the process.
This spin on a classic curtsy will workout those glutes, while also strengthening your abdomen. It also helps improve balance. That's a win-win in my book.
Whether you've been working out for ages or you're new to this whole fitness thing, these six exercises will give you just the right amount of burn to make and keep your body sculpted.
Remember, the harder you work, the faster you'll get results.