Fitness and exercise

Q I have three children and I work four days a week. Long working days and a hectic lifestyle have taken their toll on my waistline and fitness levels. I need to get healthy! I have worked out that I can make time for 25 minutes of exercise five days a week – what would you recommend I do in those 25 minutes for maximum impact?

Jessica says
That is fantastic… good on you! The quickest way to success is doing what you have exactly done, planning your sessions and figuring out exactly the time you have for workouts. I recommend interval training to get you in the best shape of your life in a short, 25-minute period of time. Mix it up with some resistance exercises and you will be toned, trim and looking amazing. Here’s a sample session to get you started!

1 Warm up: jog on the spot for five minutes

2 30 seconds of skipping, 10 seconds of rest…repeat 6 times.

3 20 press ups, 20 walking lunges.

4 30 seconds of jumping jacks, 10 seconds of rest…repeat six times

5 20 press ups, 20 walking lunges

6 20 seconds of squat jumps, 10 seconds of rest, 20 seconds of skipping, 10 seconds of rest…repeat four times.

7 20 Press ups, 20 walking lunges
And there you have it! A workout that hits all the muscles, that will get your metabolism fired up and leave you feeling amazing for the day! As long as you are doing intervals of work and rest, and pushing hard on the work intervals, you can mix and match up as many exercises as you like. Add in squats, lunges, press ups and some core work and you will not get bored. Good luck!

Jessica Cooke is an ACE-certified personal trainer, who has helped hundreds of women achieve and maintain their ideal weight.

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