As our society becomes more interested in brevity, our workouts are following suit. Like it or not, Vines and Tweets are replacing movies and books. Long half-hearted sessions reading a book on a treadmill have been replaced by shorter, more efficient workouts.
No equipment, 45 seconds on, 15 seconds off workouts are all the rage. Whether you call them HIIT or Tabata or pyramid workouts doesn’t matter. It takes the “I don’t have time” excuse out of the equation.
Fitness can fit into any busy life. Whether you have some time on the kitchen floor while your dinner is simmering, or you are taking a session outside between pulling weeds, is your decision.
Download an app for an interval timer on your phone — many of them are free — and take that 15-minute window you have to increase your fitness.
Do remember to follow your body and respect where it is at the moment. Being mindful of your current body is a better indication of long-term health than doing too much, too soon.
Three workouts with seven moves each. Repeat each workout plan once with a one-minute break between rounds to take a sip of water and catch your breath.
Cardio Queen Workout:
We know, we hate them too, but they really are effective and it is only for 45 seconds of your life (at one time).
Squat down and touch the floor, then jump or walk back into a plank position.
Jump or walk forward to the squat again and stand up (or jump up if you are feeling zesty). Do as many as you can.
2) Jumping jacks or walking jacks
Feet out to the side, arms above the head, followed by feet together, arms by the side of the body. The classic never dies.
3) Lunges or jumping lunges
Keep your upper body straight up and down, head over the pelvis.
Reach forward with one leg and bend both knees to about 90 degrees. Switch legs.
Slower doesn’t necessarily mean easier. Your heart rate might not go up as fast, but you will build muscular endurance.
4) Mountain climbers