Gail Kasper, Author, Television Host, Certified Fitness Trainer, and Motivational Speaker
Not everyone can find time to hit the gym for extended workouts five days a week. Wouldn’t it be nice to keep up with your busy schedule and still fit in a quick workout? How about in the comfort of your own home?
The busyness of life doesn’t have to get in the way of keeping fit. By following these simple steps, you can work in a short but effective workout no matter how busy you are:
1. Bring back the classics. Pushups, sit-ups, jumping jacks – you’ve done these exercises at some point in your life. They’re oldies but goodies, true classics that have stood the test of time. According to Livestrong.com, the benefits of pushups include upper body conditioning, improved bone mass, and increased metabolic rate. Try this: Warm up with a couple sets of jumping jacks with light rest in between, then do as many pushups as you can. Rest again, then do two more sets. Finish with sit-ups or crunches, whichever you prefer.
2. Find your intensity comfort zone. Workout intensity is an important aspect of any fitness routine. How hard are you working? It differs for everyone, but keep in mind that the intensity of your workout correlates directly to your heart rate. Get your heart pumping and you’ll notice sweat on your forehead and faster breathing. If it gets to be too much, slow down a bit. Adjust your intensity level to within your comfort zone. Finding just the right level can help you get the most out of your mini workout.
3. Relax and have fun. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t exercise every day. Try every other day or three to five days a week. Rest is as crucial to the workout as the workout itself. Overexerting yourself can lead to negative results. So take it easy, and enjoy the workout. Reward yourself with a 10-minute exercise break. A positive attitude toward your mini workouts will help you fit them in and see them as playtime – a must-have in your busy day.
Stick to time-tested exercises, work hard (but not too hard), and remember to have fun with your routine. I’m certain that even with just 10-minute mini workouts, you’ll notice results.
Resources: Mayo Clinic, Fitness Programs: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fitness/HQ00171 Livestrong, Benefits of Pushups: http://www.livestrong.com/article/25511-benefits-pushups/
About Gail Kasper:
Mid-1998, Gail Kasper started her business from a small one-bedroom apartment, with no money and no clients. Today, Gail is the host of the late-night television show Raw Reality, one of the nation's leading speakers, author, Top 1% Club Mentor, advice columnist, Certified Fitness Trainer, Ms. Continental America 2008, and the creator of SAD-T™ (Systematic Attitude Development- Technique™). A former Contributing Editor to Success Magazine with the "Ask Gail" column and host of the "Ask Gail" segment on the Comcast morning show, Gail is the author of her self-help autobiography Another Day Without A Cage: My Breakthrough From Self-Imprisonment To Total Empowerment and the self-help parable Unstoppable: 6 Easy Steps To Achieve Your Goals. With national media appearances that include Inside Edition, The Today Show, FOX Business News, and Oprah and Friends, Gail has earned the ranking of an in-demand national media personality who has been the topic of discussion on Regis and Kelly. Also, the current host of the Philadelphia Visitors Channel, she has also made numerous appearances on network affiliates that include ABC, FOX, CW11, Comcast, and CBS, where she co-hosted the Emmy award- winning America's TVJobNetwork. www.gailkasper.com
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