Wouldn't it be great if you had an hour each day to recharge and energize your body? You know it would.
But let's face it, sometimes this isn't always possible. But did you know that as little as 10 minutes of activity spread out in bursts throughout your day can boost your metabolism, pump-up your heart rate, loosen your joints, reduce stress and clear your head? It's true! Next time you're longing for me-time on the mat — but chained to your desk under the weight of a looming deadline — get up and move for just 10 minutes.
Developing the habit of moving throughout the day takes practice. Set an alarm to chime hourly as a reminder to get up. Long conference call? Try working in a few sets of the following exercises while listening in. Or, hold a plank for the minute it takes to heat up your lunch.
Once you start working small active moments into your day, you may be surprised by how many short bursts you can fit in, and where. Try these five barre3 moves anywhere to lift, lengthen, tone and energize. No barre, weights, or even mat required. All you need is yourself and a core ball — for one of the exercises.
Sadie Lincoln (pictured below), the founder of yoga/pilates/ballet-inspired barre3, depends on go-anywhere moves like these to stay fit and focused even while on the road. Complete the suggested reps in each of these postures, and you've completed 10 minutes of total body toning and strengthening. If at first you need additional balance support in these postures, a stable chair or countertop will do.