The Busy Women’s Guide to Staying Fit

It would be nice if you had an hour to spend at the gym right now. It would also be nice if calorie-free pies existed. Until then, what you need is a quick and easy workout plan that gets even the busiest woman through the holiday season without weight gain. So Glamour gave Pete McCall, a San Diego-based exercise physiologist and personal trainer, a mission: Design a workout that you can whip through in about 10 minutes, anywhere, with zero equipment. Do each move here as many times as you can in 60 seconds (use a timer if you need to); rest 30 seconds, then do the next move.

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Move: Squats

Begin with one minute of squats: Stand with feet hip-width apart; bend knees 90 degrees, pushing your butt back. Stand and repeat, for 60 seconds.

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Move: Side Lunge
A. Stand with feet hip-width apart, elbows bent, hands at chest level.
B. Step right foot several feet out to the side and bend right knee 90 degrees, sinking butt back, as shown. Step back to start; switch sides. Continue, alternating legs with each rep, for 60 seconds.


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Move: Triceps Push-Up
A. Get down on all fours, arms straight, hands directly under shoulder; lift feet off the floor and cross ankles.
B. Bend elbows back (not out to sides) and lower chest toward the floor, as shown. Push up to start and repeat for 60 seconds.


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Move: Plank Up
A. Start with forearms on floor, palms down, elbows beneath shoulder, legs extended.
B. Place right hand under right shoulder and push up, straightening arm; repeat with left arm so body comes into a raised plank, as shown. Lower with left, then right, arm. Repeat, starting with left hand, for 60 seconds.


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Move: Mountain Climber
A. Start in a raised push-up position, hands shoulder-width apart. Bend left knee and bring it forward, ball of foot neat left hand, as shown.
B. Switch legs by hopping right foot forward, landing with ball of foot near right hand, while left leg goes back, as shown. Continue, alternating legs as fast as you can, for 60 seconds.


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Move: Ice Skater
A. Stand with elbows bent. Leap sideways with right leg, bending right knee as you land and crossing left leg behind right, toes tapping the floor. As you leap, bring left arm forward and right arm back, as shown.
B. Repeat, leaping left. Continue “skating” side to side, for 60


Article written by Eric Dreisbcach for Glamour Magazine

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