It looks like my unintentional theme this week has been saving time. From scheduling meetings in my LifePlanner and ordering Starbucks on my phone, to making coffee cake in under a minute and meal planning in just a few minutes per week, everything has been about saving time and making time for more important things. Like an extra cup of coffee.
Maybe that’s my brain’s way of telling me I’ve been a little too busy lately. I’ve been working full time, traveling for work, writing the blog, planning some friends’ weddings and taking care of my pup, which has left me little time to think about working out. And that’s depressing. Especially since 99% of my work involves sitting at a computer. And not moving. My body doesn’t like that.
So when I saw this 15-minute body toning workout, I knew I had to take a closer look. I’m usually skeptical of anything that says it’s going to “change my life” or completely transform my body, especially in a short amount of time, because I know that being healthy and losing weight does not come easily. However, when Biggest Loser trainer Dolvett Quince told Byrdie about this high intensity routine, he didn’t say it would make us all into body builders overnight.
He did say, however, that after “doing this routine two times a week, you’ll see results in three weeks and feel stronger, and look more toned”. I don’t know about you, but that sounds good to me! Here’s what you have to do:
If it only takes about 20 minutes to get ready and actually do this routine, I think I should be able to do it at least every other day, don’t you? It’s not like these moves are anything crazy or new to the workout scene. They’re basic moves that have been proven to work.
What makes me believe this 30-1 routine will be extra effective is the high level of intensity. It always seems much more pleasant and effective to work really hard for shorter periods of time than it is to drag out a treadmill session on low speed for a full hour. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
Another great thing about this workout? It requires no props or machines, and you can do it anywhere. So there’s no excuse to miss a day, even when you’re traveling. I also like that it’s not a 30-day routine or some temporary fix. You can just add more reps as you go or tack on another routine if this becomes too easy. Considering I can’t even do 10 legitimate push ups right now, I think it will be a while before this is just too easy to cut it.
If you want to give it a try and you need a quick refresher on the proper form for any of the moves, you can check out some video tutorials from Byrdie.
My only advice? Take advantage of the one minute rest periods and actually wait for the full minute. I’m always tempted to keep going and skip the minute in between, but then I get burnt out before the end, and the final set is too weak to work. Just take your time and enjoy the relaxation periods…you’ll be done soon enough!