STOP & TAKE 10!
You don’t have time to exercise? Drop and give me 10!
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.
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