5 Must-do moves

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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.

Pushup

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.

Crunch

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

 

Plank

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.

 

Lunges

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

 

Squats

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 diet.com to illustrate how to do burpees properly:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIQx1FiQt50]

Feelin’ better now?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muchaluva,
Stace

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