Taking the time to work out isn’t always easy. If you’ve found yourself skipping the gym as of late, try developing an upper body workout that you can easily do at home.

The three main muscle groups to be included are your back muscles, abs and arms. Start with your arms. Get a set of dumbbells that is manageable but still challenges you. Stand with your feet flat on the ground, about as far apart as your hips. Holding the dumbbells, raise your arms straight in front of you. Hold for three seconds and return your arms to your sides. Repeat. Three sets of 12 repetitions is usually a decent place to start. As you gain strength, you’ll be able to do more.

You can increase your back strength by floor swimming. Lie face down on the floor with your arms stretched out above your head. Lift your left leg and right arm until you feel some resistance. Hold both limbs in the air for one second. Then do the same with your right leg and left arm. Begin with three sets of 12 reps.

Everybody wants washboard abs. To get them, try the ballet point. Lie on your back, bend your knees, and raise them so that your thighs are at a right angle to the ground. Point your toes. Alternating legs, begin stretching each leg outwards and upwards. Your other leg should remain with that thigh at a right angle to the ground. Your outstretched leg should be at a 45 degree angle to the ground. Again, start off with three sets of 12 reps.

Whether or not you have trouble making it to the gym, it’s always helpful to have a workout that you can do on the go. This one is easy, and can be done from your living room or while you’re on vacation.

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