Stretch It Out
In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s hard to make it to the gym regularly, but you can sneak in a few quick exercises from the office.
Working your muscles in new and different ways not only keeps you from getting bored with your workout routine, but it also helps your body to get the maximum gain from every movement. Try these yoga-inspired moves to stretch the benefits of your 10 minute-exercise program.
- Start in an inverted V position with your forearms on the floor, your butt lifted, your legs straight and your heels off of the floor. Remember to keep your elbows directly underneath your shoulders.
- Raise your left leg straight up into the air and hold for five seconds.
- Repeat with your right leg for one rep.
- Do eight reps total.
- Stand with your feet wider than hip-width apart and your left foot turned out.
- Lift your arms out to the side at shoulder height.
- Push your right hip out as you bend at the waist and reach your arms to the left. Keep your palms facing each other.
- Hold for a count of five, return to start and repeat on the other side.
- Shoot for eight reps on each side.
- Lie on your back with your legs lifted straight up into the air and your feet flexed.
- Clasp your hands together with your arms lifted straight above your chest and engage your abs to lift your shoulders off of the floor.
- Lower your right leg as low as possible without arching your back or allowing your foot to touch the ground.
- Bring your arms down toward your stomach as you reach between your legs.
- Hold for a count of two and then return to start, but keep your shoulders lifted off of the ground.
- Repeat with your left leg for one repetition.
- Try for four complete reps.
A 150-lb. person will only burn about 60 calories for ten minutes of yoga-type movements, but you’ll be more toned and flexible in no time.