With it being just over a month since delivering my baby, it means that I am incredibly antsy to get back to exercising and running. Next week is my 6 week check up and frankly, I just can't wait. I've been feeling pretty "normal" for about a week and half and have already started doing some eliptical at home. Today, I just couldn't take it. I needed to sweat and feel like I worked hard.
I jumped on my eliptical as soon as the both boys went down for their afternoon naps and started flipping through Fitness Magazine. I found an awesome, short, effective workout that I actually just finished. It was enough simple to do at home, not too crazy intense (I'm using some discretion) but still left me sweaty and feeling good. I tried to find it on the magazine's website without success so I thought I'd share it with you.
This is a great workout for anyone who doesn't have a whole lot of time. It's tabata style in that you do 30 second intervals with 10 seconds of rest. It helps you maximize your workout time to quickly increase your fitness level. These are all things I need desperately right now: quick, challenging and effective. Here's a super helpful online tabata timer to make keeping track of your workout easy. It's even an app you can put on your iPhone.
Give this workout a try. Anyone can do it. Make the intervals shorter if you need to and work up to the full 30 seconds. Dont' forget to start with a 5 minute warm-up like walking in place or jump rope. I also concluded with 5 minutes of stretching, including a few of my favorite yoga poses. Enjoy!
8 Minute Interval Workout
Perform each move for 30 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds. All moves are body weight only but you can use hand weights for higher intensity. Recommend doing full workout at least twice. Click the links for visuals of the move.
Step-up on a sturdy chair (alternate legs)
Tricep dip on sturdy chair
High-knees/running in place
Lunge (alternate legs)
Push-up and rotation (alternate sides)
Side plank (15 seconds on each side)