It can be tough to get motivated to get to the gym or squeeze in a workout in the morning or after work. But a workout is a workout, even if it’s only 15 minutes long.
Here’s an easy fat-blasting workout that you can do in the morning, at lunch, after work — any time and any place you can spare 15 minutes. Don’t think about it, just do it:
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Cardio (5 Minutes)
- 1 minute of jumping jacks
- 1 minute of jogging in place with butt kicks
- 1 minute of shuffles across the floor, alternating to the right and left
- 1 minute of alternating high knees
- 1 minute of burpees with a jump at the top
Core Conditioning (5 Minutes)
- Three sets (30 seconds each) of plank holds on your elbows and balls of your feet
- Three sets (30 seconds each) of planks on your elbows and balls of your feet; drop both knees to the floor and back up
- Standing core work on each leg by consecutively pulling one knee in towards your chest and back out diagonally for one minute on each side
Strength (5 Minutes)
- 1 minute (three sets) of 10 regular push-ups with hands placed just outside of shoulder-width
- 1 minute (three sets) of 10 triceps push-ups with hands shoulder-width apart and elbows tucked in close to your torso
- 1 minute (three sets) of 10 squats up to toe raises with toes facing forward
- 1 minute (three sets) of 10 squats up to toe raises with toes facing outward
- 1 minute (two sets) of 10 forward lunges on each leg
During all of these exercises tuck in your core, make sure your knees don't come over your toes during lunges and squats and keep a flat back and neutral spine when appropriate.
Check out my full cardio-sculpt video for demonstrations of many of these exercises and more:
Try to incorporate these exercises into your overall workout regimen at least three times per week. Remember to modify as you see fit: Do lower-intensity cardio, planks and push-ups on your knees, and rest as needed between segments and sets. Don't forget to warm up beforehand and to cool down and stretch afterward. And be sure to consult your doctor prior to doing this workout if you have any health concerns.
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