Why set aside gym time when you can multitask your way to a toned bod? We’ve got eight moves to add to your regular cardio routine that’ll shape up those muscles in no time. Rock it out like a sweat sesh superstar, and you’ll see the difference in no time.
When you wake up in the morning, don’t be quite so quick to rise and
shine. Take a moment to stretch all over, then lay flat and straight like
board. Use your abs to pull yourself up into a sitting position. Hold it there
for a few seconds, then lower yourself back down slowly. Repeat 10 times.
Wow-mazing wall sits
Most people don’t brush their teeth for the dentist-recommend two to
three minutes. Grab a stopwatch or kitchen timer and do your mouth a favor. And
while you’re at it, back your booty up to the wall and do a wall sit while you
brush. Be careful not to overextend your knees—you want your thighs and shins
to form a 90-degree angle.
Make Mom ‘n’ Dad happy by making your bed…and getting a little arm
workout at the same time. Start with your sheets. Grip the edges of the sheet
with both hands and pull firmly, hands to your chest, to make hospital corners.
Fluff the comforter from the end of the bed, lifting it up and shaking it flat
10 times to work the muscles in your back. Pillow time! Lift them overhead 10
times each, pressing upward enthusiastically, before tossing them on the bed.
Work your way from bedroom to bathroom and back by lunging down the
hall. Begin standing normally, then take a big step forward with your right leg
and bend your right knee so that your thigh and shin form a 90-degree angle.
Bend your left leg, knee almost touching the ground. Pause, then return to
standing and lunge forward with the other leg. Continue ‘til ya get there.
Heading up and down stairs? Take an extra minute to jog your way up and
down a few more times, keeping your knees high and step light.
While you’re in the shower weighting for your conditioner to work its
magic, grab a bottle of shampoo or body wash, make sure the cap is closed and
then use it as a weight. Hold it in your right hand, palm facing up, and curl
your arm upward using your bicep rather than swinging your elbow. Repeat 20
times, then switch arms.
Closet calf raises
While you’re standing in front of your closet trying to decide what to
wear, put the seconds to good use by doing calf raises. Lift up on your toes
and lift yourself as high as you can. Hold for five seconds, then slowly lower
back down. Repeat.
Whether you’re waiting for toast or scrambled eggs, take advantage of
the countertop and do a little bar work. Stand perpendicular to the counter,
place one hand on the edge lightly for balance and spread your feet into second
position. Bend your knees slowly and sink down into a plie. Repeat on each side
‘til breakfast is ready.
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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 9/24/2013 5:06:00 PM
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