We all want to be in shape, but it's hard to make that happen.
I was once the captain of track and field in high school. Recently, however, I got my butt royally kicked in a SoulCycle class and cancelled my gym membership. #NewYearNewMe?
In an attempt to actually keep my fitness resolutions, I curated a set of exercises for women who have love-hate relationships with working out.
These fun outdoor workouts are approachable, adaptable to skill level and, best of all, free.
Fitness rookies, let's do this!
Make like Rocky and master these six stair workouts.
Stair Jog Time: 5 minutes Works: hamstrings, glutes and quads What to do: Warm up by jogging up and down a flight of stairs. If you want a more advanced workout, sprint the last set.
Remember, don't start with sprinting. Your body needs to ease into a workout.
Stair Lunge Reps: three sets of 15 for each leg Works: quads and glutes What to do: Climb up a flight of steps, taking two steps with each lunge. To make it more advanced, climb up three steps with each lunge.
Side Leg Stair Hop Reps: three on each leg Works: inner and outer thighs What to do: Hop up the stairs sideways, bringing your feet together on each stair. Jog back down, then repeat.
Side Leg Double Stair Hop Reps: three on each leg Works: inner and outer thighs What to do: Hop up the stairs sideways, skipping a step with every jump. Bring your feet together on each stair between hops. Jog back down, then repeat.
Hop Ups Reps: four Works: abs, calves and quads What to do: Hop up each stair, keeping both feet together. Make sure your knees are slightly bent as you hop. Jog back down, then repeat.
Skater Steps Reps: four Works: outer legs and hips What to do: Step your left foot onto the left edge of the step, bring your right foot to your left, then kick your right foot up to the next step, following with your left foot.
If the stairs you're working out on are shallow (like those pictured above), skip a stair with every step.
It should look like you're speed skating.
Try these bench workouts when you fear you're getting secretary ass.
Bench Side Dips Reps: 15 per side Works: quads, calves and core What to do: Start in a squatting position with your left foot on the bench. Make sure your hands are together with your elbows bent in front of your chest.
Pull yourself up onto the bench, tap your right foot to your left as you move your elbows to your sides. Then, descend back down into a slight squatting position. Repeat.
Bench Dips Reps: 20 Works: triceps What to do: Start by sitting on the bench. Grip the edge of the bench directly next to your hips and place your feet squarely on the ground in front you.
Your knees should be at a 90-degree angle. Slide your butt off the bench with your arms fully extended. Bend your elbows backward as you lower your butt to the ground.
When your elbows make a 90-degree angle, bring your body back up until your knees form a 90-degree angle. Repeat.
Make sure your elbows don't lock between reps.
Dip And Kick Reps: 10 per leg Works: triceps, abs and thighs What to do: Sit just as you would at the beginning of the dip exercise. Dip down until your elbows form a 90-degree angle. Then, straighten one leg, foot flexed, as you come back up.
As you descend, bend your leg down to its original position, then repeat.
Single Leg Lunges Reps: 10 per leg Works: glutes, quads and calves What to do: Stand in front of the bench, facing away with your hands on your hips. Make sure your feet are shoulder-width apart.
Reach one leg behind you so that the top of your foot lies firmly on the bench seat. Bend both knees and lower your body toward the ground. When your front knee forms a 90-degree angle and your back knee is almost touching the ground, ascend back to starting position.
Make sure to never lock your front knee. Repeat.
Be careful that your knee doesn't pass your toe as you lunge. My knee is just shy of going too far.
Now, take your workout to the streets and let your freak flag fly.
Curb Plank With Lift Time: 30-60 seconds Works: core, glutes, lower back, hamstrings and arms What to do: Bring your body into a plank position with your toes on a curb and your elbows squarely below your shoulders.
Make sure your core and glutes are tucked in.
Slowly raise one leg into the air, keeping knees locked, back straight and core tight. Then, bring it back down to starting position and repeat with your other leg.
Wall Sit Reps: four sets, one minute each Works: hamstrings, glutes, quads, calves and abs How: Lower your body until your thighs are parallel to the ground and your knees make a right angle.
Hold your arms in front your chest to work out your abs. Or, just wink at the camera.