Be more fit in 5-minutes per day. Really!

“The first wealth is health.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

To piggyback on last week’s post, I’m going to talk about something that benefits everyone in every aspect of life, and it’s something everyone can do!

It has to do with fitness, and is actually weight training. Many people go straight cardio when they want to “get fit” but they’re not realizing the benefits of working out with weights and increasing muscle mass – increased caloric burn, increased metabolism, less aches and pains from atrophy, makes bones stronger (listening ladies??) and honestly I can do on for a long time about this!

I call them mini-sets. They are mini repetition sets of weight/working out repetitions.

They only take five minutes, and they go like this: choose two areas of your body you want to work on. The only requirement is that they need to be unrelated to each other. Like arms and legs, abs and legs, etc. Then switch off doing a set of repetitions with those two body parts, no rest in between!

An example would be:

  • A set of 15 reps of military presses (pushing weights from shoulder height till they touch each other above your head)
  • A set of 15 squats
  • Repeat the military presses
  • Squats
  • Military presses
  • Squats
  • Done!

This process takes 5 minutes or less. Do this once every other day (to give those muscles time to heal) and you will see improvements!

For the other days, you can pick two other muscle groups. Say biceps and abs. To maximize effort and time, try to use whole body movements.

Even with a routine as simple as this, you are still working out your entire body every week!

Crazy, right???

   

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