Don't have enough time to exercise every day? Fitness Expert Lisa Stone, ACE, explains what you can do in as little as 15 minutes a day! Your question:
I have about 15 minutes a day that I can exercise. What should I do to get the most return on my time?
Fitness instructor Lisa Stone, ACE, answers
If you're planning to exercise for 15 minutes every day, then I suggest alternating aerobic activity with strength training exercises.
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, go for a 15-minute power walk using a short stride and pumping your arms to boost intensity. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, do seven and a half minutes of strength training exercises for your upper body and seven and a half minutes of strength training exercises for your lower body and abdominals. You can use either light hand weights or just some big cans from your pantry for resistance.
For your upper body, do one to three sets of 12 to 15 bicep curls, tricep extensions and shoulder raises. For your lower body, do one to three sets of 12 to 15 squats and lunges.
For your abdominals, good ol' fashioned crunches are the most effective
exercise. Be sure to stretch thoroughly after each workout session to
prevent muscle soreness and injury.