In the video above, Megan Hoffman beautifully demonstrates an easy way to start a life of exercise, beginning with just five minutes a day.
In these five minutes, Ms. Hoffman shows you exercises that touch all of the body, for strength and cardiovascular fitness. As you improve, you can cycle through the exercises sequence as many times as you feel you can.
If you now can only do one set (one cycle) you don’t need a rest day — do it every day. However as you increase the sets and thereby tax the body, you’ll need a rest day in between exercise days. On the rest day, do something else, like walk up a hill, or do yoga. Just remember not to exercise at least one day a week.
One other pointer — you can modify the push-ups by placing your knees on the floor to reduce the weight your arms need to push. Less weight is achieved with your knees on the floor and feet resting on the floor as well, and more weight can be loaded by keeping your knees on the floor but raising your feet to your buttocks.
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Published on July 29, 2010