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20 minute workout that works... Really?

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We all have trouble finding the time to be healthy, right?  And excersize is usually the first thing we put off when we are short of time.  I know, I've been a single mom of two boys for 11 years now and it is TOUGH to find time for me.  Then, I found a workout that I think really does work... it makes perfect sense and I can fit it into my schedule.  I have reccommended this to all my friends... most think it's too good to be true, but, if you do try it, I think you'll find it works.  Here's the basic info:

  • Warm up for three minutes
  • Then, go all out, at any excersize, as hard as you can for 30 seconds
  • Recover for 90 seconds... in other words, keep moving but at a much slower pace.
  • Repeat 7 more times, for a total of 8 repetitions
  • Cool down for a few minutes afterward by cutting down your intensity by 50-80 percent.

The first repetition is usually pretty easy as your starting heart rate is low and you can do the entire 30 seconds without stress. But since you only recover for 90 seconds your heart rate gradually continues to climb after every repetition, so hopefully by the time you finish your last repetition it is at or above your maximum heart rate.Remember to cool down for a few minutes after your 8th repetition.

Unless you work out regularly you will likely need to slowly work your way up to 8 cycles. You can start with 2-4 and gradually increase to 8, but ideally, you should get to 8 cycles. The magic really starts to happen around repetition number 7 and 8. If you have a history of heart disease or any concern please get clearance from your health care professional to start this. Most people of average fitness will be able to do it though; it is only a matter of how much time it will take you to build up to the full 8 reps.

So there... try it and let me know how you like it!  I think it's the best workout I've ever done.

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