WORKING OUT MADE EASY
“I don’t have time.”
“I am too busy…I leave home early, get back late and I’m usually too tired.”
The above phrases are some of the excuses many of us give for why we do not exercise. However, except you are an expert in creating excuses, this article helps eliminate any of such excuses. The exercises explained below can easily be incorporated into your daily routine: in the morning while prepping for work or in even at work during your spare time [and don’t tell me you don’t have spare time…]. They don’t require any special time set aside to do them.
The following are brought to you by three fitness experts consulted by Yahoo.
Step-ups and squats while you brush your teeth
“Alternate doing squats one day and step-ups the next—they’re two of the most effective exercises to work your butt and legs. For squats, put the toilet seat down and sit upright with your feet shoulder-width apart flat on the floor. Stand up tall pushing from your heels, and sit back down as many times as you can while you brush your teeth. For step-ups, put the toilet seat down and step up and down 10 times each with your left and right legs. Not all toilet seats are meant for doing this one, so be careful!” – Brooke Marrone, president and founder of Brooke Marrone training studio
Twists while your tea brews
“If you engage your core in the morning, you’re more likely to use it all day long, giving you a tall, confident stance as you conquer your day. Pick two of your favourite songs—the heavier the beat, the better. Grab a pair of Ripstix, or just something you can strike together, or you can use your hands. Sit on the floor with your legs in front of you and sit back so your body looks like a letter “C.” Twist from side to side, striking the ground on either side of your hips. Go faster and slower to match the beat.” – Kirsten Potenza and Cristina Peerenboom, fitness experts and the creators of POUND
Balance while you blow-dry
“Stand on one leg for half the time of your blow-dry [for men this can be while you shave], and switch legs for the second half. If you want to take this a step further, invest in a small balance disk. Both of these options are great for promoting core stability, supporting and challenging the spinal muscles, and enhancing good posture. Your standing leg gets a pretty good workout too.” – Brooke Marrone
Early morning work call? Work your quads at the same time
“Stand about 2 feet in front of a wall and lean against it. Slide down until your knees are at 90-degree angles. Keep your shoulders and head back, make sure your feet are shoulder-width apart, and keep your weight in your heels. Place a small hand towel behind your head and make sure it doesn’t fall while you’re holding your squat. (It’s a great way to maintain good posture throughout the exercise.) Hold for one minute, take a brief rest, and repeat as many times as you can.” – Brooke Marrone
Tighter inner thighs while you floss.
“Place a small, inflatable ball between your knees. (If you don’t have a ball, you can roll up a bath towel.) Slowly squeeze your knees, contracting your inner thighs. Release just slightly, keeping some tension on the ball or towel, and repeat, getting in as many squeezes as you can.” – Brooke Marrone
By Chelsea Peng