Friday, June 24, 2011

Time Crunched? Tips for a Quick Workout

With summer here, everyone seems to be short on time. Vacations are being planned, friends and family are visiting, and you just can’t seem to find 20 minutes to get in a workout. Try these tips to fit in mini workouts throughout the day. Something is better than nothing when trying to stay fit and healthy.

1. Run the rack: Pick a body part to train. Start with a light weight, 5lbs and do 8 reps, rest 10 sec, proceed to next weight on rack, do another 8 reps, rest 10 sec., then 8 reps with the next weight. etc. Work you way up the rack until you can’t do more than 2 reps. Rest 20 sec. and proceed back down the rack. It should take about 15 min.

2. Do a mini circuit. Perform 1 squat, 1 push, 1 ab crunch. That’s one rep. Perform as many reps as you can for 3 min. Do these whenever you can throughout the day.

3. Washing dishes? Do plie’ squats as you wash.

4. Shopping? Park at the opposite end of the parking lot and walk at a fast past to the store.

5. Need cardio? Do a mini circuit of 25 jumping jacks, 25 jump squats, 25 mountain climbers. That’s 1 rep. Do as many as you can in 5 min.

On days that you are not going to be able to do a full workout, adjust your eating accordingly. Eat as clean as you can with no treats- no ice cream, no alcohol, etc.

This workout does not substitute for a regular workout, but you can use it for a couple of days to help you stay motivated.

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