STOP & TAKE 10!

You don’t have time to ex­er­cise? Drop and give me 10!

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Find­ing the time would have to be the num­ber one hur­dle peo­ple cite to me for not get­ting enough ex­er­cise. And while most of us have busy sched­ules – in­clud­ing our favourite A-List celebri­ties – the key to liv­ing a healthy life is re­ally just tak­ing the time to stop and give your body what it needs to feel good. Some­times this may mean tak­ing a leisurely walk, at other times a more vig­or­ous work­out, a yoga class or per­haps even a lit­tle med­i­ta­tion to re­bal­ance our body.

What­ever level of move­ment your body needs, any­thing that can make it eas­ier for you to do is go­ing to help. So here are 10 ex­er­cises you can do with ab­so­lutely no equip­ment, min­i­mal space and on a short time frame, too. So the next time you nd your­self think­ing of all the rea­sons you can’t do some ex­er­cise, in­stead think of all the things you can do, and how good you’ll feel af­ter you nish!

How hard you ex­er­cise isn’t the fac­tor that makes most peo­ple reach their goals; it’s be­cause most peo­ple lack con­sis­tency – not in­ten­sity. So any time you need a sim­ple way to get that work­out in, stop and take 10! Th­ese ex­er­cises be­low will hit the legs from all an­gels, which is great for the ladies want­ing to shape up those legs for sum­mer, with a lit­tle up­per body strength and a dash of car­dio, too. SQUATS with feet wide Start­ing with your legs out wide, knees and toes at a 45-de­gree an­gle, squat to the ground so your up­per leg is par­al­lel to the oor. Be sure to face for­ward with your chest out so your torso stays rm. The wide stance helps ex the in­ner thigh. SQUATS with feet close Use the same tech­niques as the wide squat, ex­cept with the feet shoul­der-width apart with the toes point­ing to the front. This po­si­tion tar­gets the front of the legs. SQUATS with a jump With your feet in the same po­si­tion as the close squat, add a jump out of the bot­tom range of the ex­er­cise. This will in­crease the heart rate for a harder work­out. LUNGES step­ping for­ward Start­ing with your feet to­gether, take a step for­ward as your front knee bends to 90-de­gree, your back leg low­ered to the oor. Push out of the front leg to re­turn to the start­ing po­si­tion and re­peat on the other side, al­ter­nat­ing legs. LUNGES step­ping back­ward Same as the for­ward step­ping lunge, ex­cept you take a step back­ward in­stead of for­ward. CURTSEY lunges Use the same tech­nique as the back­ward step­ping lunge, but this time step be­hind and across to the side, just like you’re do­ing a curtsey to the Queen.

REAL RAISES for calves This ex­er­cise is very sim­ple, yet a great one for the bot­tom of the legs and bal­ance. Stand with the feet hip-dis­tance apart, raise up onto the balls of the feet, pause, then lower to the oor. LY­ING BRIDGE POSE Bridge pose is a yoga foun­da­tion and a terri c ex­er­cise for the back on the body. Ly­ing on the oor with your knees bent so your ngers can touch your heels, push through your feet while you lift your hips up, so your knees, hips and shoul­ders cre­ate a straight line. PUSH-UPS A sta­ple ex­er­cise for up­per body strength, the push-up can be done on your knees or toes. Start­ing in a plank po­si­tion, lower your chest to the oor while your el­bows point to­wards your hips and your tri­ceps are in line with your spine. JOG­GING Jog­ging or walk­ing if need be are our nat­u­ral hu­man move­ment, yet un­for­tu­nately it’s very un­der-utilised in our mod­ern so­ci­ety. You can do this ex­er­cise just about any­where, and the more you do it, the health­ier you’ll be! All of the ex­er­cises listed above can be eas­ily found on­line if you need a video tu­to­rial or more in­for­ma­tion on how to do them cor­rectly.

Olivia Wilde Mario Lopez

Alec Bald­win Heidi Klum

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