Sometimes even the most ardent workout enthusiast struggles to find the motivation to go the extra mile. But that doesn’t mean that you should just give up. One way to motivate yourself is to try doing timed exercises. It may not sound too hard to set the timer for 60 seconds of your favorite exercise of choice, but by the time that beeper goes off, you’ll be surprised at how hard you worked!
If you’ve been having trouble breaking out of a workout rut, try this method to shake things up. Grab your favorite BABY-G watch and get your workout started using the timer function to take your exercise to the next level.
Want to work your legs? Set your watch with an alarm for one to two minutes and start lunging! Begin in a standing position with your toes pointed forward and step forward with one foot. Slowly lower yourself to the ground so that your front knee is bent at a 90 degree angle and your back knee is on the ground. Rise up to the starting position and repeat with the opposite leg in front.
Timed exercises can be great for your cardio as well. Shape magazine recommended picking a form of cardio that you like and going as hard as you can for one minute. That could be sprinting, jump roping, cycling, stair climbing, rowing or whatever other exercise that catches your fancy.
Build your triceps by dedicating some time to good old fashioned push-ups. Just set your timer, get in push-up position and then lower yourself so that your elbows form a 90 degree angle. Push back up and repeat. If you’re not quite at full push-up speed, do a variation by doing the exercise on your knees instead of supporting yourself on your toes. Everyone has to start somewhere!
4. Ab work
Your timer can also be useful for an ab workout. Fitness Blender recommended doing four exercises for 45 seconds each. Complete two rounds without letting yourself rest. Choose from options like the basic crunch, leg lifts and planks, or any of your favorite ab exercises. Every time the timer goes off, switch exercises and keep going without a break, if possible. The less time you rest, the better workout you’ll get by the end of the circuits.
5. Wall sits
Finish up your workout with wall sits. Stand about one foot in front of a wall with your feet hip-width apart and pointed forward. Slowly lower yourself down until your thighs are parallel to the ground and your back is lightly against the wall. Engage your abs and hold the sitting position for 30 to 60 seconds. Rest for a few seconds and then go again. Or, break it up by going a wall sit between other exercises, like your sets of push-ups or lunges.
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