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The ultimate rainy day workout

 

Now that summer is over, rain showers seem to be the norm. But just because the rain is pouring, there's no excuse to kick off the running shoes and watch TV. These calorie-scorching moves can be conquered right at home -- no weights, equipment or treadmill required! With a little motivation and a whole lot of energy, this routine can kick your whole bod in shape in just 30 minutes. Even better, you can tweak the moves to create your very own workout. Check out these moves to make those rainy blues go away:

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    Tuck jumps

    Standing with the knees slightly bent, jump up as high as possible and bring the knees in toward the chest while extending the arms straight out. Land with the knees slightly bent and quickly jump again!

     

    Reps: 3 sets of 10

    Photo credit: fitneass.com

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    Push-up perfection

    Come into plank position with your arms and legs straight and shoulders directly above the wrists. Take a breath in, and as you exhale, bend your elbows out to the sides and lower your chest toward the ground. Stop as soon as your shoulders are in line with your elbows. Inhale to straighten the arms. 

    Reps: 10

    Photo credit: popsugar.com

     

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    Squats

    Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and arms straight out in front of you. Squat down until knees are parallel to the floor. Don’t bend below parallel. Return to the starting position and repeat. 

    Reps: 20

    Photo credit: beekman1802.com

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    Mountain climbers

    Assume a pushup position with your arms completely straight. Lift your right foot off the floor, and slowly raise your knee as close to your chest as you can. Return to the starting position, and repeat with your left leg.

    Reps: 12

    Photo credit: womenshealthmag.com

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    Triceps' dip

    Using a bench or chair, place your hands on the edge with palms down and knuckles facing forward. Slowly lower your body by bending at the elbow. As you are doing this, you will also bend at the knees to form a 90-degree angle. Lower for a count of two. Slowly straighten your arms out. This will cause you body to push pack up.

    Reps: 12

    Photo credit: fit4lifesisters.net

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    Glute bridge

    Lie flat on the floor on your back with you hands by your side and your knees bent. Your feet should be should-width apart. Pushing mainly with your heels, lift your hips off of the group while keeping your back straight. Slowly go back to the starting position as you slowly exhale.

     

    Reps: 20

     

    Photo credit: sassyfitgirl.com 

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    Jump plank

    Begin in plank position, with your shoulders over your wrists, your body in one straight line, and your feet together.

    Like the motion of a jumping jack, jump your legs wide and then back together. Jump as quickly as you want, but keep your pelvis steady and don't let your booty rise toward the ceiling.

     

    Reps: 30

    Photo credit: fitsugar.com

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    Superman

    Lie on your stomach with arms stretched overhead and legs straight. Lengthen body, tuck tailbone to protect your lower back, and lift arms and legs at the same time. Hold for 10 seconds.

    Reps: 20

    Photo credit: health.com 

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by Gabrielle Klebanow | 2/1/2016
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