Time constraints and boredom are two of the biggest reasons people give up on a fitness routine. To keep exercise interesting, try circuit training. Circuit training is a high volume, low resistance workout with short rest intervals. In other words, you perform quick movements with little weight, moving quickly from one exercise to another. Exercises can be performed in any sequence, allowing for endless combinations to match your mood, your fitness level, your training goal, and your schedule.
When building a circuit training routine, it is best to alternate between muscle groups. Pick one exercise for upper body, one for lower body, and one for core. Because you are alternating muscles, you won’t need much time to rest between movements. Another way to build a circuit training routine is to alternate between strength movements and aerobic exercise. For example, choose 1-2 sets of resistance exercises followed by a 30 seconds to 3 minutes of aerobic exercise. Repeat your movements for the total desired exercise time.
Perhaps the best part of circuit training is that it can be done anywhere. Hit the gym before work for a quick circuit, build a routine at home while the baby is napping, do two or three strength movements each lap you make around the yard with the lawn mower, or take your kids to the park and include them in your circuit.
Give this routine for beginners a try. When you are ready, click here for more routines.
If you are unsure of any of the movements, simply substitute it for something you are familiar with, or try an online search for a video demonstrating how to correctly perform the move.
To fuel your body for exercise, try this artichoke dip recipe.Most artichoke dip recipes use cream cheese. This one uses low-fat cottage cheese which helps cut down on fat. Plus, it adds a healthy serving of dairy. Try it with homemade pita crisps or with chopped veggies. Enjoy!
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