Simple Water Bottle Workout
Simple Water Bottle Workout
Follow these five great moves for a workout you can do nearly anywhere. Warm up by walking or moving for 5-10 minutes. Then stretch to prevent injury and next-day aches. Hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds without bouncing.
To start the workout, fill two 20-ounce bottles with water. When you're finished, be sure to rehydrate -- just open one of the bottles!
Target: Entire abdominal region
Step 1: Lie on your back on an exercise mat or carpet. Bend your knees and place your feet on the floor. Hold a water bottle with both hands over your abdomen, as shown. Look toward the ceiling to align your spine.
Step 2: Leading with your chest, raise your upper body toward your knees while keeping your hips stable. Extend the water bottle toward your knees. Lower and repeat for two sets of 10 repetitions. Do not rush this motion, especially on the downward phase.
Chest Push Exercise
Target: Chest, shoulders, and triceps
Step 1: Lie on your back on an exercise mat or carpet. Bend your knees and place your feet on the floor. Holding a water bottle in each hand, bend your elbows at a 90-degree angle to the floor, and keep your shoulders and upper arms flat on the floor.
Step 2: Slowly extend your arms straight up. Do not lock your elbow joints. Slowly return your elbows and upper arms to the floor. Continue the exercise for two sets of 10 repetitions.
Tip: Your muscles need a full day to recover between workouts, so don't work the same muscle group every day. Alternate muscle groups or try strength training one day and walking the next.
Target: Entire abdominal region and hip flexors
Step 1: Lie on your back on an exercise mat or carpet with your legs elevated and knees bent, as shown. Hold a water bottle with both hands over your abdomen.
Step 2: Bring your left knee toward your chest while simultaneously rotating the right side of your upper body and the water bottle toward your left knee. At the same time, fully extend your right leg. Continue this motion, alternating sides, for two sets of 10 repetitions. (If this hurts your neck, do not use the water bottle. Instead, place your hands behind your head for support.)
Tip: Make sure you concentrate on keeping the motion fluid. Each time you extend your leg, it counts as a repetition.
Lateral Raise Exercise
Target: Shoulders, core, and balance
Step 1: Stand tall with your feet firmly planted on the floor. Tighten your abdominal muscles and keep your chest lifted. Look straight ahead. Bend your knees slightly. With your arms at your sides and your elbows bent at a 90-degree angle, hold a water bottle in each hand. Maintain perfect posture, spinal alignment, and a comfortable range of motion for your shoulder joints.
Step 2: Raise your arms, as shown, almost to shoulder height. Maintain the angle at your elbow joints throughout the motions. Return to starting position and continue the exercise for two sets of 10 repetitions.
Tip: For an added challenge to improve your balance, perform this exercise while balancing on one foot.
Lift Rotation Exercise
Target: Lower body, core, shoulders, and arms
Step 1: Stand tall with your feet firmly planted on the floor, slightly farther than shoulder-width apart. Hold a water bottle in front of you. Bend your knees and squat down, driving your heels into the floor. Rotate your torso to one side (as if picking up a box on the floor beside you).
Step 2: Extend your body back up while lifting the water bottle across your body to the opposite side. Fully extend both arms as if you were putting a box on a high shelf. Repeat this motion for two sets of 12 repetitions. (For each set, do six repetitions to one side and six repetitions to the other side.)
Tip: Keep your abdominal muscles tight throughout the exercise. Focus on using your legs rather than bending your back.