Your Exercise Regimen: Adding Intensity
Is it time to kick your exercise routine up a notch?
How about making exercising a daily event like eating dinner or checking your email? We’re not saying to do 60 minutes of heart-pumping, shirt-dripping exercise every day. Keep full tilt workouts to four or five days per week, and just set aside 30 minutes to break a gentle sweat on the others. You could …
- Walk the dog.
- Push the baby in the stroller.
- Ride a bike around your neighborhood.
- Take your tennis shoes to work and walk the stairs for 30 minutes at lunch or before you go home.
- Do an exercise video.
- Walk quickly on a treadmill at the gym and watch a TV show.
- Take a yoga or Pilates class.
- Call a friend and go for a rambling hike. (And if you can’t delegate childcare, wear your baby in a front- or backpack for added workout benefit!)
Do the Double-Duty Workout
If you’ve been doing strength training exercises on a regular basis (we hope you have been!), why not add in some new moves for a double-duty, extra-strength workout. Added intensity will increase your lean muscle mass, turning you into a strong, sleek, fat-burning machine! Do this series of exercises once or twice a week and continue doing at least three days of cardio. If you can move every day, even for just 30 minutes, you’ll be a rock star!
Perform two sets of 10 to 15 repetitions.
- Bridge plus crunch
- Triceps dips plus biceps
- Double knee tucks plus flip over and hold plank for 30 seconds
- Leg circles and books with band attached, plus band donkey kicks
- Move from incline push-ups to push-ups on your knees or toes
Please consult with your physician or healthcare provider before embarking on a new diet or exercise program. Nothing contained on this site should be considered as, or used as a substitute for, medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
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