Workout Challenge: Take it Outside!

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When the weather cooperates and you don't have time to go to the gym, take your workout outside for a change of scenery. This workout is completely equipment-free, which makes it even easier for the busy mom who's interested in entering the fitness world. A little cardio paired with some killer muscle-building moves makes this the perfect workout for any fitness level.

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Run or walk a mile: Walking extended distances has been known to reduce the risk of heart disease and enhance your mental wellbeing — just to name a few. Running is also great cardio, and functions as a total body workout. If you're just beginning, try The Couch to 5k program, which teaches you a run/walk method that will quickly whip you into shape.

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15 Pushups: This workout activates your entire body, using all major muscle groups in a big way. When you finish your run, throw in 15 pushups to keep your workout going strong. Learn how to do a proper pushup here!

Pushups

10 Walking Lunges: This move targets your quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes, making it the trifecta of lower body workouts. If you need to brush up on form, click here!

walking lunges

30 Crunches: Crunches improve balance and posture, as well as working one of your major muscle groups. However, you can only reap the benefits if you commit to proper form. Need tips? Find them in our fitness index here!

Crunches

20 Squats: Squats are a total body workout, but they specifically target your glutes, which makes this the ultimate booty workout. Lucky for you, there are several variations of the squat that you can try to keep things fresh. Read more about it here in our fitness index!

Squats with Dumbbells

10 Burpees: Don't be intimidated! While burpees do get your muscles burning, they are an amazing total body move that almost everyone should master! Read here to practice proper form!

Burpee with Pushup