Our friend and HEUCY Gal Amanda Freeman is a role model on many levels: she’s a super-smart, witty, successful entrepreneur and people just love her. She’s also an exercise enthusiast, and CEO of SLT (Strengthen-Lengthen-Tone) in Manhattan and other locations in the tri-state area. For more info, go to SLT’s website: www.sltnyc.com. If you haven’t heard of SLT, it’s basically — in a nutshell — Pilates meets cardio meets strength training. And it’s one of the toughest workouts you’ll ever do. But, as it generally goes with these types of things, if you do it you can see some major results.
But, alas, many of us don’t have time to make it to a class during the day. And that’s okay, because there are ways to stay in shape without leaving your office or home. Which is a nice thought during these cold winter months! And when there’s a pile of work on the desk.
Amanda has kindly shared her list of Top 5 Tips To Stay In Shape For Those of Us Always in a Hurry.
- Multi-task – When you are pressed for time and squeezing in a workout, find ways to multi-task. Work arms and legs at the same time by adding arm weight exercises to your treadmill or indoor cycling routine.
- Workout Anywhere – Be open minded about what is considered a workout and where you consider appropriate workout venues. If you work behind a desk all day, consider ways to turn your office into a gym (medicine ball chair/treadmill desk). If you have tons of errands to run, be creative about how you get to and from each errand (skip or run maybe?!) and squeeze in exercises like squats while waiting on line. You may look a little odd while you’re doing it, but you’ll look better after!
- Mix it up – Varying up your workouts is both good for the mind and the body. Avoid getting into a rut and getting bored with your workouts by keeping some variety in your fitness regimen. The variety will also ensure better results, as muscles will continue to change with the diversity of challenges it is presented with.
- Full Body Exercises – Rather than spending 15 minutes of your gym time on leg work and then 15 focused on abs, focus on exercises that work your whole body at once. Go for push ups, lunges with arm weights, and squats with a medicine ball.
- No more Hour Long Workouts – So many of us assume a good workout should last 60 minutes. Screw that. Use whatever time you have and give it your all. The shorter the time period, the higher intensity the workout should be. 30-minute workouts here we come.
Thanks, Amanda! You’ve inspired us. Happy Weekend…and happy workout!
The HEUCY Team