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Tone up this fall with a strengthening workout using your own body weight

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It might seem like the only way to get a good workout in is to hit the treadmill and run until you are dripping with sweat, but there are actually a *ton* of other amazing ways to exercise your body! In fact, the benefits of focusing on lifting weightings and other strength-building exercises have been studied in recent years and led to impressive results. According to Live Strong, strength training can help improve your mental health, increase fat burning, improve your balance, help your posture, and strengthen your bones! There are a number of ways that you can work your muscles to get these benefits, but with gyms closed across the country, you might be facing difficulty getting the "right" equipment to do so. Luckily, you can actually get a great strengthening workout in using nothing but your own bodyweight! Here are some fun sequences that you can start adding to your workout schedule to build up your muscles: 

30-minute no-equipment workout

For a total-body burn, follow along with this vid by POPSUGAR Fitness (bonus: they also have a *ton* of cardio workouts on their YouTube page if that's what you are feeling one day!) 

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The living room workout 

We've all been spending a *lot* ore time in our living rooms lately due to quarantine, and its actually a perfect space to get your sweat on! Try this tough sequence and see what you think!  

No-weight, no-jumping workout 

If you have back or knee problems that sometimes make working out more difficult, these natural strength-building exercises are for you! Joanna Soh takes you through the entire routine with *major* positive energy and makes the workouts challenging and fun at the same time. 

All About Arms 

Looking for a routine that will help tone up your arms without having to hit the bench press? You can use these simple moves to build some serious muscle! It'll only take you 5 minutes, and over time you'll see *and* feel the progress. 

What's your fave way to work out? Follow us @girlslifemag for *all* the fitness tips and tricks this holiday season! 

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by Lexi Casazza | 10/25/2020
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