5 Exercises That Will Help You Get In Shape Fast

As 2019 comes to an end, big things still have yet to come. Firstly, it will be the season of holiday parties. This means eating here and there, left and right. Then, as the new year unfolds, comes the challenge to bring changes in your life in the form of New Year’s resolutions.

For many, this can mean getting into shape. Summer, after all, is an inevitability. And with that, comes the pressure of getting into that summer shape.

For some, getting into shape is easier than others. They have all the motivation that they need. But, there are others who struggle with getting started, fitting it in their schedules, or even maintaining it. With the clamor now to live healthier lifestyles, people can see that getting into shape is more than just the physical dream of looking fit. It also means becoming a healthier individual.

The move towards getting into shape starts both as a mix of diet and exercise. If dieting is a little bit difficult for you to do, you can double time with your exercise. To help you out, here are five of the best exercise routines that can get you into shape fast.


1. Compound Exercises

Squat Without Weights

When you wish to exercise, but you're also troubled by the time left in your schedule for you to squeeze the exercises in, a solution for you to do is to go for compound exercises. These exercises are those that enable you to move two or more different muscle groups. Through compound exercises, you'll be able to achieve the following goals:

  • More muscle repeats and movements per set
  • Maximization of the fat-burning potential of your body 
  • Efficiency in daily life, as these exercises also mimic movement patterns like pushing and pulling

Examples of compound exercises for you to try out include:

  • Box Crawl: In this exercise, you have to put yourself in a crawling position. First, you have to lift your knees off the ground for your hips to be higher than your shoulders. Crawl forward using this pattern: step with your right hand and left foot, then your left hand and right foot. Crawl in a square. Two crawls each to the front, back, left and right.
  • Squat To Overhead Press: Hold weights on both hands and position your hands in front of you, right in front of your chest. Stand with your feet apart. Push your hips back so that you can start with your squats. As you do this, stand and press the weights to lift it higher than your head. Bring the weight back to your chest, simultaneously as you squat.
  • Squat With A Biceps Curl: Hold weights on both hands, hip-level, with straight arms. Stand with your feet apart, and start squatting. When you squat and reach the bottom, do a biceps curl. Bend your elbows so you can bring your hands to your shoulders, extend this down before you rise back again to the position that you started.

If any of these exercises confuse you as you read it, you can search for tutorials as well on YouTube, for instance. And, the great thing about these exercises is that you can perform them at home at your convenient time.

2. Bodyweight Exercises

Bodyweight exercise means that you're using your body as a resistance source, rather than relying on gym machines and equipment. There are numerous benefits that you can gain from bodyweight exercises, apart from getting in shape fast. These include:

  • Control And Variety: You can switch up your bodyweight training every day so that you don't get monotonous and bored. You can even switch up the exercises for you to take turns with moving various body parts.
  • High Output, Low Investment: These exercises help you get into shape fast, with the lowest time spent as possible.
  • Versatile: Like the compound exercises above, you can also do bodyweight training anytime and anywhere. If you don't have the time to go to the gym, you can perform these at home.

Examples of bodyweight training exercises that you can do include:

  • Triceps Dip: help you get rid of flabby arms.
  • Side-To-Side Push-Ups: work on your lower body core.
  • Inchworms: help improve your flexibility while working on your legs and upper body strength. 
  • High Plank Leg Lifts: work on your abs.

For step-by-step instructions on these exercises, you should follow through with exercise videos online.

3. Running And Walking

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Running and walking still stand as one of the best ways for you to get into shape. And, the great thing about it is that it keeps you excited, too. You can get out and see the scenery when you walk or run. If you're not the type to enjoy exercises that confine you in one room, this is the best option for you.

And it doesn't take much time. While you're walking or running, that can be your much-needed quiet time. You'll be surprised at how much you can think of while you're running. Make it a habit to get at least 30 minutes of brisk walking and running, and that's enough to get a headstart with getting in shape. Plus, it's a very healthy exercise, too.

Other benefits of running and walking include:

  • Helps you live longer
  • It doesn’t cost you any gym membership. Perhaps the only investment you need to make is on quality womens running shoes
  • Improves sleep quality 
  • Boosts your Vitamin D, which is needed to combat cancer, asthma and cardiovascular diseases 
  • Enhances immunity

4. Cardio Aerobic Exercises

Cardio aerobic exercises form one of the most high-intensity workouts that you can perform. It also stands as one of the fastest and most effective ways to burn calories.

If your problem area is your belly fat, then cardio exercises will also help you along this line. Active cardio exercises of thirty minutes a day can help you lose belly fast.

Examples of cardio exercises include:

  • Spinning
  • Dance exercises
  • Swimming
  • Kickboxing

5. Bicycling

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There are two ways for you to go bicycling. It can be both indoor and outdoor. Outdoor, through biking around the city or in biking trails. And indoor, through a stationary bike. Whatever your choice, the fact remains that biking is an excellent exercise.

Even in as short a time as 30 minutes, you can burn an average of 250 to 500 calories. Imagine how much more you can burn on the weekends when you've got the time to make bike trails.


With all these exercises taken into consideration, a crucial tip for you to remember is that getting into shape means going on an overall lifestyle change. It's not just about counting how many calories you've burned in a day.

It's about incorporating these exercises into contributing to a healthy lifestyle. A lifestyle that includes eating well, sleeping well, and getting hydrated. If you start making these changes today, you'll begin to welcome the brand new year with confidence and, more importantly, a healthier and better you.

Emily Brathen

Hi there! I'm Emily Brathen. I am a fitness and yoga instructor and a mom of one. Despite my hectic schedule, I still find time for doing the thing I love most - fitness and yoga. I love doing and teaching fitness and yoga because in my own little way, I am able to encourage people to take health and fitness back into their own hands.

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