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20-Minute Towel Glider Workout

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  • Strength-based exercises do not have to be complex or require a gym to be beneficial. Using nothing but your own body weight and an inexpensive household tool like a towel, you can get a great workout
  • Popsugar Fitness demonstrates a 20-minute bodyweight workout requiring nothing more than two small towels. If you have carpet, you can use paper plates to achieve the same gliding effect
  • The 20-minute towel glider workout includes a three-step warmup, three exercise circuits and a four-step cool down. A summary is provided for each
  • Benefits of bodyweight exercises include efficiency, cardiovascular and strength benefits, improved core strength, flexibility and balance
  • Inexpensive fitness tools that can enhance your home workout include hand weights, resistance bands, kettlebells, medicine balls, a BOSU ball or even a couple of water jugs filled with water or sand

Strength-based exercises do not have to be complex or require a gym in order to be beneficial. Using nothing but your own body weight and, as in the case here, an inexpensive household tool like a towel, you can get a great workout.

In a previous Greatist article, Dave Smith, a personal trainer who specializes in bodyweight exercise training, pointed out several benefits of bodyweight exercises:


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