How To: Do a 10-Minute Workout
What You Need
Follow These Five Easy Steps
To warm up and raise your heart rate, start by jumping rope. To do this, hold the handles of the jump rope in each hand and stand with your legs together and your arms out at your sides at about a 45-degree angle from your body. Beginning with the rope behind your legs, swing it up over your head and under your feet, jumping a few inches to let the rope pass underneath. Continue for two minutes.
Hold a weight in each hand. Stand with your feet a few inches apart and your knees slightly bent (but not locked). With your
stomach muscles tight, bend down from the waist and lower your arms straight down so that both weights are at knee level.
Keeping your stomach tight and your neck aligned with your spine, bend at the elbows, bringing the weights up toward the top
of your ribcage on either side of your body. At this point, your upper arms will be at about a 90-degree angle to your sides.
Squeeze your shoulder blades together. Lower the weights back down to the starting position in front of your knees, separating
your shoulder blades. Continue this exercise in a slow, controlled motion for one minute.
Tip: When starting a new workout routine, begin with lighter weights and increase them as your body builds muscle.
Lay down on your yoga mat on the right side of your body, with your lower (right) leg straight. Your right foot should be
flexed and facing forward. Bend your left leg and rest your left foot flat on the mat in front of your right leg, as high
up toward your body as is comfortable. Rest your right forearm on the mat perpendicular to your body. With your weight on
your right hip and your right arm, and with your stomach muscles tight, slowly raise your right leg straight up toward the
ceiling a few inches, squeezing the leg muscles. Continue for 30 seconds, then switch sides and repeat.
Aha! In this exercise, your legs provide the resistance, acting as weights.
Tip: You don’t have to wait for alone time to do this workout. If your kids are around, have them count out your reps as you exercise.
Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet about hip-width apart. Bring your hands up so that your fingers rest loosely
behind your head with your elbows pointed straight out on either side. Holding your stomach muscles in, bring your knees up
so your thighs are pointing toward the ceiling and your lower legs are parallel to the floor. Raise your head and the tops
of your shoulders off the mat. Straighten your left leg while bringing your right knee closer to your chest. Twist your torso
gently so that your right knee and your left elbow touch. Now straighten your right leg while bringing your left knee up,
twisting your torso the other way so that your left knee and your right elbow touch. Continue, switching sides each time,
for one minute.
Tip: As with all exercises, don’t forget to breathe.
For a 10-minute workout, repeat the whole circuit.