If you have a busy life, then it can be hard to fit exercise in. But workouts don’t have to be long gym sessions. This weekly home workout schedule consists of 6 x 10 minute exercise sessions a week, giving you a total of an hour’s exercise a week. You can download a free copy of the schedule with all the exercise instructions at the bottom of the post.
Safety note: please read these exercise safety guidelines before doing this workout. Please also be aware that the plank exercise, in which a static contraction is held, can cause an increase in blood pressure. If you suffer from high blood pressure, you should leave this exercise out.
How the weekly workout schedule is made up
Monday and Thursday – 10 minute interval walk
The interval walk is the cardio part of the program. Cardio exercise is anything we do continuously for several minutes to several hours. Regular cardio exercise makes our hearts bigger and stronger and reduces the risk of heart disease. This is a simple interval walk, using a combination of normal pace and fast walking, to help you get your heart rate up and improve your cardio fitness.
Tuesday and Saturday – Abs and upper body routine
As well as looking good, having strong abs stabilises the spine and pelvis and improves posture. There are 3 ab exercises in the schedule: crunches for the “6-pack”, Russian twists for the oblique abdominal muscles and the plank for the deep transverse muscle which pulls the abdominal area in. Upper body exercises also help with posture and tone the upper arms, shoulders and chest.
Wednesday and Sunday – Legs routine
Thigh and butt tone can be a problem for women, because we tend to store fat here. This 10 minute mat workout focuses on these problem areas, with exercises to lift and firm.
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