Exercise Time Well Spent

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August is hot in most parts of the country but not so much here in sunny southern California. Fortunately we have had moderate temperatures, and we all get to enjoy summer a  little longer before kids go back to school. Whether your kids are starting school or have started, now is the perfect time to begin mapping out the new fitness goals and routines. It seems like the optimal time to begin a new exercise program once the kids are off to school, and your schedule begins to have a little consistency. Now it just becomes a matter of using your time wisely.

It has happened to the best of us. We have the best of intentions of completing our daily “to do” list, and sometimes life just happens and then neither do the checks on our list. What are you wasting your time on? That may sound like a harsh question, but you know when you say “I’m so busy I can’t find time to exercise,” you know that is just an excuse right?

In a perfect world we would have time every day for our favorite type of exercises. This isn’t always the case. The Surgeon General recommends 30 – 60 minutes of exercise “most days of the week”. If you don’t have a block of 30 minutes does that mean you should lie on the couch and eat bon-bons? Nope. It just means you should do two smaller blocks such as 15 minutes of crunches or lunges during your favorite TV show, while cooking dinner, or after you put the kids to bed. You can have a more intense workout the next day. Research has shown you can even break it into ten minute segments! Now that should be an inspiring option to chose over no exercise.

It doesn’t have to be a full hour to count. Every bit you do adds up. So, on those days where you think it just won’t work time wise – I dare you to find 10-15 minutes that DOES work. The body will benefit, the mind will be happy, and the spirit will feel rejuvenated.

So in a crunch, here is a the perfect full body 10 minute circuit you can use at home, you don’t even need a gym.

10-10 MINUTE SUPER Circuit:

30 jumping jacks

10 dips

15 lunges on each leg

30 crunches

30 front leg kicks each side

10-20 push-ups

30 side leg kicks each side

30 second plank hold

30 plie squats

30 oblique crunches each side

As you get stronger, you may be able to work through this rotation 2-3 times in your ten minute workout session. This is a great metabolism boost, calorie burner, and body energizer. I look forward to hearing how you feel after you complete this ten minute workout.

For more training routines  you can check out my fitness and inspiration book, “Fast and Fierce Fitness Made Fabulously FUN!” This is a twelve week program, complete with exercise descriptions, photos of each movement, motivational guidelines, tracking system, progressions for each level of fitness, weekly upgrades on fitness programs, and most of all, FUN creative workouts that leave you more energized, looking great, and feeling fantastic!!! Or if you would like a more specialized program to specifically meet your needs and goals be sure to  check out my online training programs or online nutrition.

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