Are you over 40, or close to it, and looking for the perfect exercise routine for your busy life? I’ve got an answer for you.
If you pay for a gym membership you don’t use, can barely find the time to do anything because you’re so busy, and you’ve found yourself wanting to shed a few pounds, then this simple and effective exercise routine is for you.
Maybe you need to lose 5 pounds or maybe you need to lose 75 pounds, either way you have to start somewhere. Starting slow, in my opinion, is the best way to go.
I’m sure you’ll be happy with the following set of exercises. They will easily fit into your busy life.
I know you don’t want spend an hour at the gym or 45 minutes running outside. You just want to get back into shape and start shedding a few pounds.
Here’s what you can do…
The following exercises can be done any time of day and fit into the busiest of schedules.
For each exercise perform as many repetitions as you can for 1 minute with no rest between each exercise. That’s round 1.
After each round take a 1 minute rest and start your next round until you have completed a total of 3 to 5 rounds. That’s only 12 to 20 minutes of actual exercise time. In my opinion, it’s the perfect exercise routine for anyone with a busy schedule. It’s ideal for someone who hasn’t worked out in a while and wants to start slow.
Here are the exercises:
Jumping Jacks – These are an old favorite you probably remember from high school. This time no one will be watching you. They are extremely effective at boosting your heart rate and when you combine them with the following exercises I’m almost sure you’ll see results.
Now don’t be dissuaded by the simplicity of it all. It works. Besides, if these are too simple for you you can always make things more difficult by changing what you do in the jumping jack. I’ll probably write an article about more advanced methods later on. For now stick with the basics. Here’s a video to make sure you’re doing your jumping jacks correctly.
Run-In-Place – No exercise routine is complete unless you are running in place. Remember no one is watching you or pushing you. You can go as slow or as fast as you want but if you want to get the effectiveness of it all you’ll want to push yourself. Make sure you move as fast as you can and bring your knees to the height of your hip.
Not only will your heart rate go up but you’ll be engaging your core and hip flexors in the process. It’s a great exercise to do when you have 5 minutes to kill. Jack up your heart rate and burn some fat baby. Here’s a video demonstrating great form…
Squat Jump – This is a great body weight exercise that will allow you to put your cardio vascular system on overdrive and build strength in your legs. When you’re done with this simple exercise you’ll know you’ve done some work. It only takes a minute but when you combine these exercises together you’ll be turning on your metabolic furnace.
I’m always wiped when I finish these no matter how long I’ve been doing them. So don’t get discouraged if you can only do a few. You start where you start and no one knows anything but you. The trick is to keep going. This routine is to get you started into a routine, not kill you. So just keep at it. Check this video out to make sure you have good form…
Burpees – Here’s another exercise you probably recognize from high school or if you were ever in the military, from boot camp. I remember we had to do these in the Navy but our physical instructors didn’t look anything like the lady in the video below. Either way this exercise is another fat incinerator. Even if you’re in a hotel room and have 5 minutes to get your blood moving, burpees will do it for you. Check out the video and remember to report in when you’ve been doing this for a little while. I want to hear about your results.
So here’s the full routine you will be doing…
Jumping Jacks – As many as you can do in 1 Minute
Run-In-Place – As many as you can do in 1 Minute
Squat Jump – As many as you can do in 1 Minute
Burpees – As many as you can do in 1 Minute
Rest for 1 minute.
Repeat for 3 to 5 rounds.
That’s all there is to it.
This little exercise routine will get you moving and burning some calories. Is this routine designed for you to get in tip top shape. No, of course not. This is to get you going and move you in the right direction.
Why do men over 40, often times, fail at losing weight?
It’s my opinion that most people fail at losing weight because they start off too strong and don’t stick with it. If it’s been a year since you’ve worked out for any length of time, what makes you think you can get up and do a 60 minute workout and expect to stick to it?
If you’ve been a couch potato and want a better success at weight loss then start slow and put a structure in place that will allow you to do it slowly. Follow the simple steps I’ve put together for you to get some results first.
It only 12 to 20 minutes a day to get moving, feel energized, and get your body burning some fat.
If you’re interested in taking your health to a new level…
Then I would suggest you check out the Insanity Total Body Workout by Beach Body. It’s the ultimate exercise program and it doesn’t matter if you’re 40 years old or if you’re a spring chicken at 20 years old. It will work your tale off and you’ll be glad you did it.
If you’re wondering why you should considering the Insanity 60-Day Total Body Conditioning Program, it’s because this home based workout DVD is unlike any other program you’ve seen. You don’t need extra equipment. You don’t need special tools. You don’t even need to super coordinated. You just need to have the motivation to get through 60 days.
You can commit to something for 60 days can’t you? If you were able to commit to the exercise routine above to get you started you can commit yourself to the Insanity program. Believe me, your body will change using this routine. If you want to read more about it you can check out an article I wrote here: All About Insanity .
If you have questions or have any comments about these routines, leave me a comment below this article.
To your health and well being…
Big Daddy’s Health Spot