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5 Mini Workouts to Keep You Slim

By: Corinna Underwood - Updated: 14 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
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Mini Workout Number One

This mini workout takes about ten minutes. Walking is a great exercise; one reason being is that it carries very little risk of injury (unlike jogging). Because one foot is always on the ground it is relatively harmless on your joints as your body weight is more evenly distributed. Another benefit is that you can do it anywhere, indoors or out, at home or at work. Walking also reduces stress and can sharpen your concentration and boost your energy level. Always slow down or rest if you feel out of breath or experience any type of pain. It is also easier for people who are more mature or just starting out with a fitness programme. Before you start it is important to note the importance of having a really good pair of walking shoes, without them you may fall a long way short of your exercise goals.

For the first five minutes, warm up by walking at a quick pace. Pay careful attention to your posture and try to keep it as straight and tall as possible. Spend the next three minutes at a very fast walk. Finish the workout off by spending the last two minutes at a slower walking pace, allowing your heart rate to settle into its normal pattern.

Mini Workout Number Two

This workout takes about twenty minutes. Spend the first two minutes stretching from side to side, your arms reaching for your feet. Spend the next minute doing squats with an imaginary overhead press. For the next three minutes, jog on the spot. Add an extra minute and spend some time doing lunges. The next minute should be spent with your feet locked together, jumping from side to side. Spend one minute eight doing as many crunches as you can. Minute nine should be spent in a push-up position bring each knee as far toward your hands as you can alternately. During the final eleven minutes of your workout, repeat the first ten minutes with one final minute of cool down time.

Mini Workout Number Three

This workout takes about fifteen minutes. Spend the first two minutes climbing and descending a couple of flights of stairs. For the next eight minutes power walk at a brisk pace or a gentle jog. Spend the next three minutes back on the stairs or doing jumping jacks. Walk briskly for the last few minutes to cool down.

Mini Workout Number Four

This workout takes about ten minutes. Put on some lively music. For the first two minutes stretch up in the air and touch your toes. Take another three minutes to step kick to the sides. Step kick to the front for the next two minutes. For minutes eight to ten jog on the spot. During minute eleven do as many push ups as you can. For the last few minute repeat your stretching exercises.

Mini Workout Number Five

This workout takes about ten minutes. Spend the first minute doing step ups on a low bench. Switch for your second minute to doing low push ups against a wall. Minute three is for those super leg lunges. For minutes four five and six jog on the spot as quickly as you can. Do high knee lifts for minutes seven and eight. And for minutes nine and ten repeat your stair steps.

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