Sleep late, get-up early, make and pack multiple meals, get to work, work 12 hours, meet friends/do homework with the kids, cook dinner, tidy-up the house, do the laundry and drop exhausted into bed.
Given that most of us have a routine close to this, where do we find the time and most importantly the energy to workout. We know it’s important, we make New Year resolutions, frequently start off on fitness plans, however, within four weeks most of us are back to square one.
Now, how would you like to spend just 15 minutes in your bedroom getting fit. It can even be, or should I say it must be, in your pajamas. Trust me, it is possible and it does give results. This week we’ll start with the all time favourite of children and sportsmen – skipping or jump rope exercises. Here’s what you do:
- Set the jump rope and comfortable workout shoes, next to your bed, the previous night
- Wake-up 10 minutes earlier than usual and slip on your footwear
- Do 2 minutes of stretching exercises
- Jump rope for about 10 minutes
- Take a minute to cool down
- Stretch again for 2 minutes
- You are done! Now go take a shower
A few points to keep in mind, to make sure you really benefit from this effort:
- 100 -120 counts a minute should be your target (apparently 10 minutes of this is equal to 30 minutes of mid-paced running)
- Start with 5 minutes on the first day and build-up
- Your heart rate should be up for 7 out of the 10 minutes, at a minimum
- Most important, check with your doctor before starting any new fitness or diet routine
Follow this religiously (maybe even twice a day), along with a simple diet change, and see the results in 90 days. You will be amazed and addicted. The best part – no expensive equipment, clothes or gym membership required.
Our workout series aims to help you figure out the right fitness regime for your body and mind. As part of this series, we previously covered: cycling, swimming, rowing, running, a guide to picking the right shoe, a three-week campaign to get you out on the road and how to mentally condition yourself to get going.
About the Author:
Niranjani is an entrepreneur and blogger who believes that good quality, affordable healthcare should be available to all. She occasionally puffs and pants her way through a 10k race to feel fit, despite her chaotic life.
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