Featured__ How To Cut Your Gym Time In Half

July 06, 2015 | By

You’re busy, and working out might not always be your top priority. There are only so many hours in a day, but what if you could cut your gym hour to a half hour?

The American Heart Association recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of cardiovascular exercise (aka cardio) every week. If you work out five days a week, that’s 30 minutes a day of cardio, plus strength training to build lean muscle and boost metabolism. But why not combine the two? We’ve come up with five moves that will help you build muscle while also getting in your daily cardio, cutting your workout time in half. Kiss that treadmill goodbye.

Squat Punches

This is a great workout that incorporates both upper and lower body – the most effective type of workout you can do. Do 10 squats, then on your 10th, stay down in squat position and do left-right punches for 30 seconds. The squats will strengthen your legs and glutes and the punches will get your heart rate up so you get your cardio.

Lunge and Press

Another full body workout. Do quick alternating lunges with a dumbbell shoulder press every time you stand up. This works your upper and lower body and the quickness of your lunges should get your heart rate up in no time.

Burpees 

Oh, the beloved burpee. There’s no question that this counts as cardio, but the plank aspect will build abdominal muscles. Come into a full push-up when you come down for even more strength training benefits.

Skaters 

Skaters incorporate cardio, strength and balance for an all around great workout. If you’re not familiar with skaters, they’re done by jumping sideways and landing on one foot, then squatting down and putting your other foot behind you in one smooth motion, then repeating on the other side.

High Knees

High knees are an awesome HIIT cardio workout because they get your heart rate up very quickly. Make sure when you’re doing them that you’re using your lower abs to pull your knees up for some abdominal strength training.

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