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5 Must-do moves


November 2011


There are just some days when you have no time to hit the gym. That doesn’t mean you won’t have the opportunity to sweat, even if it’s just a little. In fact, short, high-impact workouts are proven more effective for boosting your metabolism than long, low-impact ones.

I found that doing circuits of these moves, which works your essential muscle groups, energizes me from head to toe.


Picture from Wikipedia


Do an 8 to 12-rep pushup, then build up to 4 reps total. That’s enough to wake your arms, abs, butt and thighs up.


Work your core for 20 reps. Do around 4 to 6 reps, and you’ll feel the burn.



A plank is essentially a static pushup, focusing on strengthening your core. Hold your abs still for 1 minute. If you’re can’t hold that long, 30 seconds is good to go. Do this 3 times a day for great blood circulation.



Do 15 reps, then 4 sets until you feel the burn in the inner thighs.



Same as your lunges. Squeeze as low as possible until you feel the burn in your butt. Personally, though, I need to do 20 reps and 8 sets to feel the burn, because my schoolwork requires me to sit around way too much.

*Burpee (or squat thrusts)

If you still feel like panting some more (loving that endorphins, doncha?) a burpee is a great workout to get your heart pumping at its best. Here is a great video by to illustrate how to do burpees properly:


Feelin’ better now?








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