We all know the feeling of not having enough hours in the day, but who says your workout has to be one of the tasks to get slashed? Without sounding like an infomercial, you can keep your toned physique in as little as 10 minutes a day with these simple cheats.
Sign out for lunch.
Remember how great recess was? As tempting as it can be to eat lunch at your desk and surf the web, studies have shown you are actually more effective in the afternoon if you unplug on your lunch break. So take that 60 minutes and take a walk. Find a park nearby, find a bench to eat, or play on the swings. We won’t tell your coworkers.
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Sweat in the AM.
Even for just 15 minutes, get your jog on or do a simple mat routine – crunches, push-ups, lunges, squats, plank, and any other toning move you swear by. To up the ante, incorporate dumbbells into your workout. Although getting up earlier is easier said than done, it will be well worth it when you’re the most toned bod at the office party or PTA meeting.
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Find strength in numbers.
Convince a girlfriend to make your lunch date a bike ride through town, or tell the boys that poker night this week will be held at the batting cages. Physical activity can be both a good workout and a social experience. Studies have also shown that you push yourself more when you exercise with a friend. Other fun alternatives to your usual workout include hiking, swimming, rock climbing, paintball, and laser tag.
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Get on your feet!
Take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk instead of driving or taking the subway, play with the kids, play with the dog, it doesn’t matter just get up!
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Kick it into overdrive.
Take the workout that used to take you 45 minutes and squeeze it neatly into your 20 minute window by upping the intensity. Turn the treadmill up, or use heavier weights. Challenge yourself. Who says you can’t make up for lost time?
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Give and take.
If you know you won’t have time to exercise at all, account for it in your diet. Swap that giant Jamba Juice for some fresh fruit. And skip that 800-calorie protein bar and Muscle Shake. Don’t worry, we know you’re still a tough guy.
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Turn ‘down time’ up!
Waiting for coffee to brew? Waiting for the end of the commercial break? Waiting in line at the grocery store? Waiting to pick the kids up from lacrosse practice? See the pattern? Every time you find yourself waiting, do some lunges, jumping jacks, and leg lifts. Don’t want to get stared at in the supermarket? Calf raises are subtle and safe to do in public, and are great for toning your legs.
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