Summer QuickFix 10 Minute Workouts – Week Five

There are 1440 minutes in a day so the question is, do you value your health enough to give me just 10 of those minutes?!

Over the last 4 weeks, I’ve provided you four 10 minute QuickFix workouts that you can do anywhere with no equipment required. You are starting to develop a repertoire of 10 minute programs that you alternate between to provide good variety for your body.

Week 1 QuickFix Workout
Week 2 QuickFix Workout
Week 3 QuickFix Workout
Week 4 QuickFix Workout

Complete each of these 3 exercises for one minute each with a 30 second rest at the end of each of the 3 exercises. Then do it again 2 more times for a total of 10 minutes. Remember to take a few minutes to warm-up and cool-down and feel free to take breaks if you can’t make it one minute without stopping. Never sacrifice quality for quantity!

These workouts will provide you with a number of full body workouts that can be extremely effective when done consistently.

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Summer QuickFix 10 Min Workout – Week Four

10 minutes is not even 1% of your day so do you think you could commit to that?!  If your health and fitness is important to you, you will make it happen!

This is your forth 10 minute QuickFix workout that you can do with no equipment, no gym and therefore no excuses!

Week 1 QuickFix Workout
Week 2 QuickFix Workout
Week 3 QuickFix Workout

Complete each of these 3 exercises for one minute each with a 30 second rest at the end of each of the 3 exercises. Then do it again 2 more times for a total of 10 minutes. Remember to take a few minutes to warmup and cooldown and feel free to take breaks if you can’t make it one minute without stopping. Never sacrifice quality for quantity!

10 minutes full body, high intensity and you’ll be surprised at how effective this mini-workout can be! Follow along with this series and you’ll get a number of 10 minute QuickFix options so that you can mix it up and do a different set each time!

10 Minute QuickFix Workout

Warm-up first

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Summer QuickFix 10 Minute Workouts – Week Three

If your health and fitness is important to you, you can commit to 10 minutes right?!

This is your third 10 minute QuickFix workout that you can do with no equipment, no gym and therefore no excuses!

Week 1 QuickFix Workout
Week 2 QuickFix Workout

Complete each of these 3 exercises for one minute each with a 30 second rest at the end of each of the 3 exercises. Then do it again 2 more times for a total of 10 minutes. Remember to take a few minutes to warm-up and cool-down and feel free to take breaks if you can’t make it to one minute without stopping. Never sacrifice quality for quantity!

It’s surprising how effective a 10 minute workout set can be if you focus and just get them done consistently. Follow along with this series and you’ll get a number of 10 minute QuickFix options so that you can mix it up and do a different set each time!

10 Minute QuickFix Workout:

Warm-up first.

Jumping Jack & Knee Strike

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Summer QuickFix 10 Minute Workout – Week Two

Here’s your second 10 minute QuickFix workout that you can use this summer when you can’t make it to the gym. I’ve designed each workout so that you can do it anywhere with NO EQUIPMENT and therefore NO EXCUSES!

Week 1 QuickFix Workout

Complete each of these 3 exercises for one minute each with a 30 second rest at the end of each of the 3 exercises. Then do it again 2 more times for a total of 10 minutes. Remember to take a few minutes to warm-up and cool-down. We can all commit to 10 minutes to focus on our health and fitness. And if you focus for 10 minutes, you’ll be surprised at what a fabulous workout it can be! Follow along with this series and you’ll get a number of 10 minute QuickFix options so that you can mix it up and do a different set each time!

10 Minute QuickFix Workout:

Warmup first.

Skipping

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Summer QuickFix 10 Minute Workouts

Ain’t nobody got time for that! This trendy saying sure does ring true in the summer when people are busy with kids, holidays, vacations, camping, and BBQs and many are struggling to find the time to maintain their workout routine. Well, worry no more because this 10 minute Quick Fix workout will help you improve and maintain your fitness all summer long!

Complete each of these 3 exercises for one minute each with a 30 second rest at the end of each of the 3 exercises. Then do it again 2 more times for a total of 10 minutes. Remember to take a few minutes to warm-up and cool-down.

Although many of you may question whether 10 minutes is enough to reap rewards, if you go hard and strong, it will be a fabulous mini workout set and definitely challenge your body! Over the next few weeks, I will provide you a number of these 10 minute QuickFix sets so that you can mix it up and do a different set each time!

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Summer Time Exercise Swaps

The reality is that during the summer between kids being out of school, vacations, camping and such, it’s difficult to get to the gym as frequently. But no one likes to start over so here’s some Exercise Swaps you can do so it won’t feel like you’re starting from scratch come fall.

Week 1 step ups1Swap Leg Press for Step Ups

You can find a bench, staircase or elevated surface pretty much anywhere. So when you can’t get to the gym to perform a couple sets of Leg Press, replace with a Single Leg Step Up. It will work the same muscles in a slightly different way.

 

 

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Spring Into Baseball

Baseball, a favorite American summer activity for kids and adults, requires speed, throwing power and batting strength. Try the following exercises to develop your skills in these areas.

IMG_1167Medicine Ball Side Tosses:

This is a great exercise to develop batting power. Stand sideways to a wall or partner. Hold the medicine ball with both hands and position both hands to the side of your body opposite to your partner or wall. Now throw the medicine ball. Catch and repeat for 30-60 seconds each side.

 

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Spring Into Inline Skating

We are fortunate here in Clark County to have many opportunities to Inline skate on paved trails away from traffic…. along the Columbia River Waterfront Trail, Salmon Creek Trail, Discovery Trail or Padden Parkway. Many people are nervous initially to inline skate because of a fear of falling. But if you spend some time working on your balance, you can feel confident strapping on a pair of Inline skates and cruising to an awesome workout for your hips and thighs. Get your leg and buttock muscles conditioned beforehand and you’ll be able to skate for miles before you fatigue and have to stop.

Here are a few activity-specific exercises and balance drills to help gain your confidence in an unstable sport.

 

One Legged Stance

Begin by standing on one foot.  Slowly bend your knee lowering your body a few inches and then back up again.  Make sure your knee points straight ahead and maintain proper, upright posture throughout the entire exercise.  If you balance isn’t very good to begin with, you may want to have something sturdy close by to hang onto in case you lose your balance.  Perform 13-20 reps each leg.  You can do this exercise while brushing your teeth, talking on the phone or making dinner – that way you’ll easily fit it into your day. As you get better, try this exercise with your eyes closed, which would display a more advanced level of balance (not while cooking though :))

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Spring Into Tennis

Whether you’re a competitive or recreational player, tennis is such a fun activity to do with friends and family when the weather is nice. If you’re a strong player but haven’t done any pre-conditioning before you play your first match, you could be in for some disappointing performances, and if you’re not conditioned at all, you could put yourself at risk for injury.

On the other hand, if you follow an effective training program, you can expect improved technique and power, making you a better athlete. You’ll also avoid common tennis injuries, which mostly results from overuse, improper mechanics and a lack of sufficient flexibility and strength.

By strengthening the muscles surrounding typical injury sites, you can strengthen the area and enable it to withstand the repetitive stresses associated with tennis. Pre-conditioning also allows you to handle longer matches at a higher level of intensity without getting winded. Read the rest of Spring Into Tennis

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Spring Into Swimming

Heading down to your local community pool or outdoors for a relaxing swim is an activity that many look forward to. Swimming is a fabulous low-impact cardiovascular workout that definitely will strengthen and tone your entire body – upper body, lower body & core! Most of us probably learned how to swim when we were younger and yet, most adults find it an incredibly challenging activity. But if your body isn’t conditioned for swimming, your shoulders and low back may take a beating.  Here are a few exercises you can try to help prepare your body for swimming.

Anterior and Posterior Arm Lifts: 

Lreverseflybie on a bench holding light handweights (2-5 pounds).  Keeping your abdominals contracted and your chest slightly lifted, slowly raise the weights forward until they are horizontal with your body.  Then return to the starting position and press weights backwards.  Keep your arms only slightly bent during the entire range of motion so the motion comes from the shoulder joint not the elbow. Repeat 8-20 times.

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