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25-Minute Best-Body Workout

"Don't believe anyone who says you have to exercise an hour every day for noticeable results," says Jill Coleman, fitness coordinator at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and coauthor of the workout guide My Gym Trainer (My Trainer Fitness). Shorter workouts with more intensity allow you to burn more calories and fat. "Most people are willing to work harder when they know their exercise routine isn't going to last long," explains Coleman, who designed this plan. "Plus, brief bouts of physical activity are easier to fit into busy schedules. You can reach your goals with just three sessions per week." Strength moves, like those here, boost metabolism for hours post- workout and increase bone mineral density. In addition, strength training is the only way you can change the shape of the body, adding curves and definition.

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Karen Pearson
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Since each of the movements takes just 1 minute, you'll need a watch or timer. And while the program is designed for an intermediate exerciser, it can be adjusted for beginners and advanced users.

To Make It Easier: In place of Squat Jumps, Push-Ups and the intense walk, do a 1-minute brisk walk.

To Turn Up the Burn: Try Push-Ups from the toes, turn the 1-minute intense walks into 30-second sprints or add weights when doing lunges.

Time (Minutes)

 

0-5

Moderate walk

5-10

Brisk walk

10-11

Moderate walk

11-12

Squats in place

12-13

Squat Jumps in place

13-14

Lunges moving forward

14-15

Push-Ups in place

15-16

Intense walk

16-17

Squats in place

17-18

Squat Jumps in place

18-19

Lunges moving forward

19-20

Push-Ups in place

20-21

Intense walk

21-22

Squats in place

22-23

Squat Jumps in place

23-24

Lunges moving forward

24-25

Push-Ups in place

Cooldown

Moderate walk

See next slides for how to do each move.

Moderate = You can talk in brief sentences

Brisk = You can utter a few brief phrases

Intense = Talking is impossible

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