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How to Stay Fit With a 24/7 Work Week

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One of the hardest things to balance when you're striving for success in the workplace is fitting in time to work out. In fact, when the work begins to pile up, fitness is usually the first to go. It's much easier to focus our attention on work during the day and collapse in front of a good episode of The Bachelor at night.

Luckily, there's a simple solution to staying fit with a busy schedule. It is the 30-minute workout. Just 30 minutes of high intensity interval training will do the trick!

This 30-minute workout is designed to burn fat after you're done exercising. Interval training speeds up your metabolism and keeps it high for up to 24 hours post workout. You get the best bang for your buck and you'll see results fast!

Before the week begins, take a few minutes to write out a calendar for the week. Schedule one 30-minute workout a day. It's time that you deserve. It's time that will keep you looking beautiful and young. These 30-minute sessions will change your figure and actually improve your productivity at work. You'll stoke your metabolism, strengthen your muscles, and return to your desk with the energy and focus you need to fly through your to-do list in record time.

The Workout:

How it works: Perform each exercise as fast as possible for 30 seconds. Repeat entire routine 3-5 times. For best results, this routine should be done 5-6 days per week.

Equipment required: None

Squats:

  1. Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms extended straight out from shoulders. Bend knees and shift hips back to lower into a squat until thighs are parallel to the ground.
  2. Drive through your feet as you come back to standing. Keep chest lifted, core engaged, and arms extended out during the entire movement.
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Crunches:

  1. Lie face up on the floor with knees bent and feet flat, hip-width apart. Bring hands behind your head and elbows out wide. Curl up off your shoulder blades, bringing chest toward the ceiling.
  2. Lower back down to the floor and repeat. Do not pull on your head or use your neck to lift up. The movement is coming from engaging the abdominals.
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Push ups:

  1. Come into push up position with hands directly below shoulders, feet hip-width apart. Your body should form a straight line from head to ankles. Bend elbows and slowly lower chest to the ground.
  2. Press back up, extending your arms as quickly as possible. Keep core and legs engaged the entire time, and avoid arching your back or letting hips sag.
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Bridges:

  1. Lie face up on the floor with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor, and arms by your sides. Raise your hips so your body forms a straight line from your shoulders to your knees, squeezing your glutes and pressing slightly out with your knees the entire time.
  2. Lower back down, and repeat.
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