Quickie Workout #56 In c/o Thinking Slimmer

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Thinking Slimmer is a company I have been working with since the Advent Calendar in December.  Sandra approached me a few weeks ago about guest posting on their blog.  It is a fabulous opportunity to help people kick-start their journey to a healthier life with movement, as Thinking Slimmer modifies their outlook on eating.  Here is the original text.

Did you know that ‘strong is the new skinny’?  You are well on your way to looking great because of the Thinking Slimmer podcasts and hopefully feel inspired to do more.  Running may seem like the easiest way to get fit, but actually strength training will help whip your body into shape much faster.  The government recommends that people are physically active for 30 minutes each day.  Here is a way to get at least half of that achieved at home.

You don’t need a gym membership or fancy equipment.   Many exercises can be performed using your own body weight and things lying around the house (you won’t look at tins of soup or bottles of squash the same again).  Like all workouts, it is important to warm the body up at the start with some light cardiovascular exercise (not stretches without any other movement first).  This helps prevent injury to your muscles and joints.  A good warm up will leave you with a nice glow, indicating you are ready to get to work.

Here is a quickie workout you can do at home.  It should take about 15 minutes.  If you finish the list and feel  ready for more, start back at the beginning.  My website offers a new quickie workout every Sunday, which can be used to mix-and-match for longer sessions.   If you haven’t been active in a while, start with the basics such as the movements described below.  Soon you will be ready for new challenges!

Note how the routine alternates muscle groups but keeps you active.  Do the best you can for each minute.  If you aren’t sure what the exercise is, there are hyperlinks to explanations with photos. Please remember to check with your doctor before engaging on any fitness scheme.

Warm up- 1 minute walking in place; 20 star jumps; 2 minutes of step ups 
(http://www.ptmollie.com/2013/05/stepups.html) (you can change your lead foot if you want half way through)
1 minute of modified press ups (http://www.ptmollie.com/2013/05/howtopressup.html)
1 min right foot forward lunge (http://www.ptmollie.com/2013/05/howtolunge.html)
1 min lunge foot forward lunge with frontal raise (http://www.ptmollie.com/2013/05/howtofrontalraise.html)
2 minutes of step ups

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