Exercise 1: Towel Slides
Muscles worked: Inner and outer thighs
Reps: Three sets of 12 to 15 on each leg
Place a folded towel on the bathroom floor. Stand sideways to the right of the towel. Place your right foot on the towel, keeping your left foot on the bare floor.
Simultaneously bend both the knee and the hip of the left legs, while sliding the right leg directly out to the side. To return to upright posture, push through your left heel, straightening that leg while the right leg, which has stayed straight the whole time, slides back to the starting position. After 12 to 15 reps, switch legs and repeat.
“Only go as low as you can comfortably go and still be able to control the movement back to the starting position,” Mouland says. “For beginners, you may want to hold the bathroom counter top lightly to help with balance.”
Exercise 2: Pushups
Muscles worked: Chests, triceps, shoulders, and core
Reps: Three sets of 12 to 15
Lie chest-down with your hands at shoulder level, palms flat on the floor and slightly more than shoulder-width apart, with your feet together. Keep your back and neck in neutral posture, legs straight and your toes tucked under your feet.
Maintaining this neutral spinal alignment, straighten your arms as you push your body up off the floor until your arms are perfectly straight, but not locked. Your shoulder blades should be slightly separated at this point.
Slowly lower your body towards the floor by bending your elbows. Elbows should be coming out at about a 45 degrees angle from your sides.
Lower your body until your chest is a couple inches from the floor, where your shoulder blades should be squeezing together. From this position begin to push back up for your second repetition.
If you are unable to hold a neutral spine throughout the movement, Mouland recommends using the edge of a table or chair in the room. “The higher the ledge you use, the easier the movement, so choose the correct intensity for your skill level.”
Exercise 3: One-Arm Luggage Row
Muscles worked: Back and biceps
Reps: Three sets of 12 to 15 on each arm
Place your suitcase on its side with the side handle facing up.
Position yourself on the left side of the suitcase with your leg forward and the right leg back. Place your left hand on your left knee, tilting the torso forward about 45 degrees. Keep your back in neutral posture and engage your core. Grab the handle of the suitcase with your right hand.Pull your right hand back towards your right hip, squeezing your shoulder blades. Switch arms and repeat.
“How much stuff you leave in the suitcase during this movement depends on your level of strength,” Mouland says.