Have 20 minutes to spare? Great! The 20 minute workout plan that I have lined up for you is more than enough for you to maintain a decent level of physical fitness.
Now, be warned. If you are seeking another goal like shedding a few pounds, check out my fat burning workout plan, as the plan is tailored for weight loss.
The 20 minute workout plan here is more for improving your level of physical fitness, which in turn lowers risk of contracting illnesses like osteoporosis and high blood pressure. Also, keep in mind that you can only enjoy such benefits of exercise if you manage your diet well on top of working out regularly.
I'm sure that you might have read at some point that you need to work out for an hour to achieve any physical benefit. I think that that claim is an utter lie. Your body benefits from any physical activities, be it 5 minutes or one hour.
The only thing you cannot achieve from a 5 minute workout is significant weight loss!
I like to train different parts of my body on different days - it helps remind me whether I am under training or over training my arms, for example.
Remember to warm up and cool down before and after exercising!
Aim to complete 5-7 cycles of the all the exercises listed above.
Some you might ask, what if you do not have weights. As I've mentioned in the various workouts, you can simply use any bottle lying around your house, fill it with water and you have innovative weights ready to be used!
You can also change the workouts around, increase or lower the number of repetitions.
Challenge yourself to complete 4-6 cycles of all the workouts above.
Again, it is up to you if you wish to move the exercises around, or if you would like to increase or lessen the number of repetitions for each workout.
Motivate yourself to complete 6-8 cycles of the exercises shown above.
Remember, it is up to you if you feel that you want to reshuffle the exercises, or if you want to complete more repetitions. You can even take a look at the workouts themselves and use the tips to make the exercises harder.
This is your chance to do something fun for twenty minutes. Do anything that raises your heart rate. You can cycle, rollerblade, jog, swim, play tennis, engage in a game of basketball, dance... The possibilities are endless.
Listen to your body when you exercise. While it would be great if you can complete X number of cycles, do not continue if you think you cannot keep up. Cool down so that you will prevent injuries. The next time, strive to do more!
Improvement to your physical fitness will take time, so take things slowly and don't lose faith in yourself. You can do it.
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