By Lori Okami
Recently, work demands have been so great that work has been coming home with me, and consuming much of my weekends and week-night evenings. I have been neglecting my workouts and as a result feel terrible, have increased stress and have been losing my tone and conditioning.
It's a familiar trap that I'm sure many find themselves in these days, trying to keep up with life demands.
Enough is enough!
Here's what I started doing. It only takes 6 minutes and has helped me get through those times when every minute counts. I've also included the progression so that anyone at any level can do it. Pick one (1) exercise from each category below. Do each exercise for as many repetitions as possible in 30 seconds (as fast as possible while maintaining control), then immediately go to the next exercise. Do 3 rounds of this. The whole thing will take 6 minutes.
(As with any exercise, make sure your doctor finds you fit to do so first.)
- Free Squats (as full range as possible)
- Lunges (as full range as possible)
- Squat jumps (as high as possible)
- Pushups (start from a stable elevated surface if you can't do it on the floor)
- Vary hand position
- Explosive pushups
Cardio-type (as fast as you can)
This really helped me feel good and still keep some tone through those tough, ultra busy periods.
Note: push yourself enough to stimulate the muscle but not so much that you get hurt--especially if you haven't been working out regularly because of a busy schedule.
Be Strong Live Long
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