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If finding an hour to workout every day is totally unrealistic in your busy schedule, you’re far from alone. According to a new report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, only 23% of Americans meet the federal physical activity guidelines, so more than 75% of us have trouble finding time to exercise as much as we should be. So here are some easy and effective ways to get more fitness into our day-to-day routine from certified personal trainer and health coach Kelly Morgan,Ph.D.
- Try out Tabata - It’s a form of high-intensity interval training that has you do several rounds of super intense exercises in 20-seconds-on, 10-seconds-off intervals. Sound intense? It is, but when you’re short on time, it gets a lot accomplished in a hurry and you don’t need any special equipment to do it.
- Make the plank your BFF - It doesn’t seem that hard at first glance, but once you try it, you know the truth: it really burns. Holding a plank gives your arms, shoulders, legs, and core a workout in a short amount of time.
- Take the stairs whenever you have the option - Run up the steps, walk down and repeat as many times as you can for a heart-pounding workout in 15 minutes or less. You can get fancy and add some lunges as you ascend, if you dare.
- Do some squats or lunges whenever, wherever — literally - All you need is your body and a lot of motivation and you can do squats or lunges anytime, like while you’re brushing your teeth, waiting for the coffee to brew, or talking on the phone.
- Drop and give me 30 burpees - These are the exercise everyone loves to hate because they’re painful, yet effective. Morgan calls burpees the “ultimate total-body strength and cardio exercise.”
Source: Elite Daily