Try This Easy, 10-Minute Workout At Home

Think of unpacking in your new home as a workout, not a chore. Take small breaks from moving to check out the many great trails, hikes, bike paths, yoga studios and more in our free guide. Believe it or not, lifting and carrying boxes can add an element of strength training to your workout routine.

The 10-Minute Moving Workout

Got 10 minutes? Try these 10 exercises for about a minute each. Keep it simple, but keep at it, and you’ll see and feel the results. Just remember to think before you lift, and be sure to use good form.

  1. Sumo Squats – Equipment: one moving box. When picking up a box, drop into a squat, all the way to the floor. With your toes pointed outward, slowly press back up to your standing position. You’ll feel the burn in your inner thighs.
  2. Shoulder Raises – Equipment: two cans of vegetables. Stand up straight with your shoulders back. Holding a can in each hand, raise your arms directly in front of you. Return your arms to your sides. Raise them again, aiming right and left this time.
  3. Chair Dips – Equipment: one sturdy chair. Action hero Matt Damon’s favorite exercise is a simple dip. Sit in the chair, scoot to the edge, and put your hands on the front two corners. Slide off and dip to the floor, then press back up.
  4. Leg Extensions – Equipment: one sturdy chair. Sit up straight on the chair with your shoulders back. Extend your legs in front of you and lower them back to the starting position. Add some weight like a backpack or blanket for resistance.
  5. Push-ups – Equipment: none. From the floor, place your hands shoulder-width apart. Plant your toes and align your body like a plank. Look forward, clench your abs and lower yourself to the floor, then press back up.
  6. Sit-ups – Equipment: none. Studies have shown that doing sit-ups with your feet unrestrained works better for strengthening your abs. Sit on the floor with your knees bent in front of you. Lean back to the floor, then sit up.
  7. Calf Raises – Equipment: a single stair. Place your toes shoulder-width apart on the edge of the stair, with your heel and mid-foot hanging off. Dip below the edge until you feel your calf muscles stretch, then push back up.
  8. Step-ups – Equipment: a sturdy bench, chair or table. Lift one foot and place it onto the surface you’re using, then step up with your other foot. Return to your starting position. Alternate sets, leading with one foot, then the other.
  9. Jumping Jacks – Equipment: none. Stand up straight: feet together, arms and legs parallel. Lift your arms from your sides to meet over your head, while jumping and spreading your feet wide. Jump back to the starting position.
  10. Froggers – Equipment: none. Start in a plank, as if ready for a push-up. Keep your hands in place on the floor and jump, launching your feet to the outside of your hands. Reverse, moving your feet to the starting position.
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