The Daily Dozen

You can do twelve of anything! Try these…

12 Squats

12 Mountain Climbers

12 Burpees. Make it a challenge and add a pushup or two for every burpee.

12 Sit ups

12 Pushups. Remember to keep your core tight and stay about 6 inches from the floor.

12 Triceps Dips. Pull out your desk chair and position your hands shoulder width apart. Slowly bend your elbows to a 90-degree angle, then push back up.

12 Lunges. Step forward with one foot creating a 90-degree angle, step back. Kick it up a notch, by doing 12 forward lunges then 12 backwards!

12 Jumping Jacks

12 Second Plank. Hold it for 12 seconds.

12 Russian Twists. Create a V shape with your body, then tighten your core and rotate from side to side.  For more of a challenge, raise your feet and double the counts.

12 Booty Kicks. Start on all fours.  Raise your right knee to a 90-degree angle and pulse for twelve counts. Reverse and repeat for the left side.

12 High Fives to You! Pat yourself on the back, because you just completed your first daily dozen.

This workout will take less than ten minutes and is a great way to break up a study sesh or a pre-shower routine. The best part is that no equipment is required. It’s easy to just throw your favorite song on and crank out this daily dozen.

Going a Step Further: Create a challenge group!

If you give a girl a challenge, chances are she’ll conquer it. You are not the only girl on the floor looking to avoid that freshman 15.  Be courageous and ask your floor mates if they want to start a daily squat challenge or a fun nightly ab routine. Creating a team of girls requires you to be committed and gives you something active to look forward to.

Adapted from Body Rock.

By Sydney Hughes