Girl looking fit in a workout bra

Not being able to get to the gym should not be a reason not to exercise. You may ask, what do you do when you cannot make it to the gym or when the gym is closed? Well, you could just forget all about your workout routine, or you can get creative and figure out what else you can do. Starting with these 5 exercises to do when you can’t get to the gym. During the pandemic, the park became my gym. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw my many stories from the park. Although it’s not the same as lifting weights and huffing and puffing on the cardio machines in the gym, it gets the job done and is always better than doing nothing. Additionally, and most important, it’s safe!

You might have seen my YouTube video showing you my workout inside the gym…. Now let me show you the 5 exercises I do outside of the gym. In between running laps in the park, I pause and do calisthenics, which are exercises that use the weight of your body for resistance. Rather than creating bulky muscle mass, using your body weight creates lean, feminine muscle tone. Here are my top 5 exercises for when you can’t get to the gym.

1 – Lunges

girl doing lunges in the park as part of her exercise routine away from the gym

I could do lunges all day every day. In addition to working your quadriceps (front of upper legs) , these also work your glutes (buttocks). Key things to keep in mind is to bend both knees close to a 90-degree angle, and lower straight down so that your front knee doesn’t pass over your toes. I do one set of 12 lunges with each leg and repeat this three times. My legs are burning after finishing three sets.

2 – Squats

girl doing squats in the park

I don’t like doing squats one bit, but I do them because they are so effective. Although they also work your legs, most people do them for the effect on their glutes. The form of the exercise is best described as the movement you make when you are sitting down in a chair and getting back up from the chair. I always try to focus on squeezing the glutes on the way up. I do 3 sets of 12 squats and love the visible results they give over time.

3 – Push Ups

girl doing pushups on her knees in the park

Push ups mainly work your chest, but your arms and shoulders also benefit. Whether you do full pushups or so-called ‘girl pushups’ (on your knees), both are effective. They also engage your core because to maintain good form you have to keep that tummy tightly pulled in. Three sets of 15 does the trick.

4 – Tricep Dips

girl doing tricep dips on a curb in the park

To target the back of my upper arms, I do tricep dips on the curb in the park. Yes it might look funny to passerby’s, but the results are anything but funny. The exercise is quite easy and effective. By bending your elbows you lower your body toward the ground and right before your tush hits the ground you push yourself back up by straightening your elbows. Dips with straight legs are more challenging then dips with your knees bent. Three sets of 12 is all it takes for my arms to be on fire.

5 – Hip Extensions on All Fours

girl doing hip extensions on all fours in the park

As you can tell, I’m a typical girl and love working lower body over upper body. The hip extension on all fours is one of my all time favorite exercises for firming my hamstrings (back of upper legs) and glutes. While on all fours with one bent leg extended up, I make tiny movements up and down to keep constant tension in the area where the buttocks meets the legs. I do many repetitions before switching legs and like the exercise so much that I’ll gladly do two more sets.

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Well those are my 5 quarantine exercises that I do in the park. Of course you can modify each exercise to make it harder, but in this blog I keep it simple and easy. I purposely didn’t include abdominal exercises because those are my least favorite. I hope this blog inspired you start working out if you aren’t already. Have you been exercising during this crazy time? How have you been staying in shape? Sound off below in the comments. Sharing is caring!

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  1. It’s important to get creative and figure out what else you can do to stay active. I love the idea of using the park as your gym, especially during the pandemic when safety is a top priority. Your 5 exercises using callisthenics are a great way to use your body weight for resistance and create lean muscle tone. Thanks for sharing these tips!

    1. I’m glad you like the blog Sonia. Nowadays I don’t get to the gym because I’m usually too lazy. However, these type of exercises always come in handy.

  2. I need to be better about working out, especially when I can’t make it to the gym or I don’t have someone to work out with. Great exercises!

    1. Sounds like you would love a group workout class. I took some of those in the past and all being in the same boat is fabulous. Thanks for checking out the blog.

  3. Thank you for sharing these 5 exercises for when we can’t make it to the gym. They are practical and effective alternatives that can be done at home or anywhere. It’s great to have options for staying active and fit even outside of the gym environment.

    1. Yes, when you can’t get to the gym, you have to get creative. I myself enjoy getting out in the fresh air to exercise.

  4. Gervin Khan says:

    Wow! These are amazing exercises everyone can do to have an amazing physically fit body even when one can’t get to the gym! I’ll definitely try doing this in routine! Thanks!

    1. Glad you like the blog. Of course these are just 5 exercises, but they are so effective though.

  5. Great list! These exercises will get you mobile in no time. I would add some passive hanging to this list, as well as some bear crawls or inchworms. Anyway, thanks for sharing this fantastic list.

    1. thanks for checking out the blog

  6. I don’t go to the gym anymore because it’s much too expensive for what it is. Instead I just do these at home along with weights. Works the best!

  7. Beth says:

    Yes to all these easy exercise. I cannot commit going to the gym so these are perfect for me.

  8. Ooohhhhh….I think I need to try out lunges and triceps dips! For a long time now, I am gotten stuck at jogging and press-ups.

  9. These are all great things to work on at home. I only do at-home workouts and these moves are often part of my routine.

    1. Awesome. Yes these are common exercises that many people are familiar with as it is.

  10. I don’t like going to the gym. Instead I do jogging and cycling daily to keep up my health.

    1. Big on jogging myself too. Thank you for the feedback.

  11. This is a fantastic resource! I try to work out as often as possible. I love that I can get a full body workout in without having to go to the gym if I don’t have the time to drive out there.

  12. Zab Zaria says:

    The information you provided is beneficial. Thanks for sharing it with me.

    1. Glad you like the post and thank you for checking out the blog.

  13. Thank you for sharing these 5 exercises to do when you can’t get to the gym. It’s great to see that you have found creative ways to stay active during the pandemic, like using the park as your gym. The exercises you’ve mentioned, such as lunges, squats, push-ups, tricep dips, and hip extensions, are effective and can be easily incorporated into a workout routine. Keep up the good work and continue inspiring others to stay active even outside of the gym!

    1. Thank you so much for your feedback and checking out the blog. I will for sure keep plugging away — love blogging 😉

  14. Your practical tips and positive attitude really inspired me to stay consistent with my fitness routine, even when I can’t make it to the gym. Thanks for sharing!

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