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Are you getting 30 minutes of moderately intense physical activity in on most days of the week? If the answer is no, you’re not alone. Whether you’re a women who works full-time outside the home, or a mom who works full-time inside the home, finding time to take care of yourself (and your heart) can be challenging. But the benefits you’ll reap from a regular exercise routine are well-worth it. I can’t say that I’ve found an easy way to get in 30 minutes each day. But fitness expert Andrea Riggs has some tips to make it a little easier for you to take care of you!
Andrea’s philosophy is to get body beautiful…to become the best version of yourself rather than aiming to be like someone else or what you perceive to be the ideal woman. Here are some of her best fitness tips:
Satisfy workout cravings. Working out increases your metabolism and appetite, especially high-intensity interval regimens which are ideal for building lean muscle tissue. Following a workout, strive to consume quality calories such as an 8-ounce glass of 100 percent grapefruit juice and a serving of nuts, to help satisfy your appetite and restore your energy levels.
Get Results. If you’re looking to amp up your fitness routine, adopt a 21-day at-home fitness routine that alternates cardio and strength training to see a noticeable reduction in inches. Start with 20 repetitions of three total body toning exercises (such as kettlebell circuits or even just push-ups and squats) and schedule a brisk daily walk, jog or bike ride. Steadily increase the number of strength training repetitions and the length of cardio every three days.
Sleep if off. Getting adequate amounts of sleep may help regulate your appetite and control food cravings during exercise and at rest. Try scheduling a 15-minute power nap an hour before a workout to help you feel refreshed and energized.
Work out at work. Incorporating a little bit of physical activity into your workday can go a long way toward keeping you both physically and mentally healthy. Try keeping small squeezable hand weights at your desk and sneak in sets while talking on the phone or checking e-mail. If you are already on your feet, try doing squats or knee-bends throughout the day to avoid cramping and stiffness in your legs.
Change it up. Alter your fitness routine every couple of weeks to get the most out of your sweat sessions. Your body adapts to familiar activities, so an unchanging workout becomes less challenging as time goes on. Keep things fresh by alternating the treadmill with a bike ride outside or a spin class at the gym. Varying your workout will ensure that you are exercising all of your muscles.
Win It! Two of you will win a fitness gift bag! Simply leave me a comment with one way you strive to get in physical activity. Comments will close on March 25th, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST. US Residents only. Duplicates and comments not including the above information will be disqualified. Comments are moderated. If you don’t see your comment in a reasonable amount of time, send me an email. Bloggers and non-bloggers may enter. If you don’t want to leave your email address, please be sure to check back for my announcement on the winner. Please note that winners must respond within 48 hours of being announced/contacted or another winner will be drawn.
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