New Year, New you

Keeping up with New Year’s resolutions can be a daunting task – especially if your resolution is to make a big change. That’s why this year you should consider adding a few little changes at a time, something you’ll be able to sustain and add to during the year, Before you know it you’ll be running 5Ks or lifting more weight than you ever thought possible.

Lots of magazines will tell you to start by walking more, park farther away, take the stairs etc. While this is great advice I’d like to challenge you to do something different.

Do a high intensity workout. Exert yourself! Get sweaty and out of breath, for 5 mins. You can do that right? 3 min warm up and intense 5 mins, and a 2 min cool down. That’s only 10 mins. you can fit that in at lunch, or in the morning before you start your day.

Here is an example you can do in your house or anywhere during your lunch hour:

Warm up:

  • arm circles for 30 seconds
  • jumping jacks for 30 seconds
  • high knees for 30 seconds

repeat twice

HIT workout:

30 sec of each

  • pushups (as many as you can then drop to knees to finish out the 30 seconds)
  • jumping squats (make sure to land with soft knees right into the next squat)
  • bicycle crunches
  • burpees (with push up)
  • high knees

repeat twice

Cool Down:

  • jog in place 1 min
  • march in place 1 min

Remember its only 5 minutes so you should give it all your effort. After doing that for a week you can add 2 more exercises in and make it a 7 min workout. before you know it it’ll be easy and you’ll be ready to move on to a more advanced routine.

The trick here is to really push yourself. Start small. 5 minutes is doable by anyone, and believe it or not you’ll gain health benefits from it too.


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Mariah Aurora is an lifestyle and fitness coach and professional Makeup Artist. Her goal is to help as many people as possible overcome personal setbacks so they can achieve the body and life they deserve.