The Herald of Everett, Washington
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up | Manage  Green editions icon Green editions

Calendar


Weekend to-do list
HeraldNet Newsletter Delivered to your inbox each week.
Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

15-minute workout for busy folks

  • Mari Winsor, 54, works out at the Winsor Pilates studio in Los Angeles.

    Associated Press / 2004 file photo

    Mari Winsor, 54, works out at the Winsor Pilates studio in Los Angeles.

"Maybe you love to eat but hate to exercise," Jim Karas proposes.
For most of us, that about sums it up.
"The biggest hurdle you will ever face in losing weight isn't sticking to a diet or going to the gym every day. It's simply this: getting started," he says.
Can you spare 15 minutes, three times a week? Trainer and author Karas, who blogs at jimkaras.com, says that's enough to get you off to a good start.
Just those 45 minutes weekly will rev up your metabolism, increase your energy, and make you look and feel better, he says.
"You don't have to have equipment. You don't have to go to the gym," he says.
Instead, Karas recommends taking three basic exercises -- pushups, Pilates planks, and squats or lunges -- and doing each until "you're almost out of breath." Then repeat the series "until you fill up 15 minutes" three times weekly. Instructions for these exercises are all over the Internet.
In most exercise regimens, "the neglected variable is intensity," Karas says. "If you really get in there and get the job done, you optimize results and you save yourself time."
Ellen Warren, Chicago Tribune
Story tags » HealthFitness

Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus
digital subscription promo

Subscribe now

Unlimited digital access starting at 99 cents, or included with any print subscription.

loading...