But even finding a few minutes a day to do some toning exercises can help strengthen your muscles and increase your metabolic rate.
This four minute tone-up session should help to give you a little boost. Ok, it's not going to make you drop three dress sizes, but it's a start.
The best time to do it is in the morning. "The physical benefit is that less insulin is present in the morning," explains Lee Taylor from Planet Health, "therefore helping you to burn body fat and to speed up your metabolism, which means more calories and fat is burned throughout the day, even at rest."
Simple 4 Minute Exercise Plan
Full Body Squats
Standing with your legs shoulder width apart, arms extended out in front of you. Slowly lower yourself to where your thighs are parallel to the ground, keeping your back straight. Spring up fast and reach for the sky, repeat this. 20reps x 2sets
Lie on your back and place your hands above your head. Raise your legs right up in the air. Keep your head and shoulders on the floor at all times.
Tighten your lower abs and bring your legs and pelvis towards your rib cage. Slowly lower your legs and repeat movement not letting your feet touch the floor at any point. 10-15reps x 2-3sets
Place your feet shoulder width apart and step forward with your left foot, flex your left hip and knee while keeping your knee in the same direction as your foot.
Keep your torso upright while you continue to bend your left knee until it performs a right angle and the right knee is almost touching the floor. Do not extend beyond the toes.
Pause for 5-10 seconds and then extend your right knee and hip to return to standing position. Alternate on both legs. 20reps x 2sets
Lie face down on your forearms with your palms flat to the floor. Push off the floor raising upon to your toes and resting on your elbows. Ensure you keep your back flat aiming for a straight line from your head to heels.
To make this more effective tilt your pelvis and contract your abs, this will prevent you from sagging or your rear end sticking up in the air. 1min x 1set
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