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No Excuses: The 60 Second Workout

We all know we probably need to workout more and hopefully you’ve had a crack at creating a fitness habit, but sometimes life gets so fast paced that you can’t find 60 minutes in your day to head to the gym or go for a jog.

Like most of us you probably cruise through your working week with only a handful of workout sessions (or worse) with little to no consistency from week to week….and inevitably the results don’t feel as good as they should.

What if you were able to drop the excuse of time constraints?

Most of us known how to do a push-up (if not, the Australian Defence Force is here to help), and the benefits doing them regularly is almost as profound as a structured upper body-weight workout. If you’re upper body isn’t conditioned you’re probably only able to do a handful fo push-ups before muscle fatigue catches up, perhaps 40-50.

ADFPushUpGuy

This ADF recruit knows what’s up.

I challenge you to doing push-ups first thing in the morning, every morning.

To make headway with this you will first have to know how many push-ups you can do in one set before exhausting. The only way to do this is to give it a go! Once you have your number, find 75% (multiply by 0.75) to get you daily ‘set’.

Now, each morning when you first get up simply drop prone beside your bed and crank our your set.

As an added benefit, this will wake you up faster than a swig of Worcestershire sauce and start off your day in the best way possible – with an injection of oxygen.

If you want to mix it up a little, try swapping out some days in your schedule with pull-ups (as an aside, Primer tells you why you need a pull-up bar here, and you can buy your own online in Australia here, here and here) sit-ups, burpees or planks to keep it interesting and make sure you work other muscle groups at least once a week.

While this isn’t a full scale workout plan that will get you ripped and toned, it’s an easy, hard to forget workout that will fit into anyone’s routine regardless of how busy you are – surely you can afford to surrender that extra minute’s sleep in the morning. This is the no excuse way to make sure you don’t accidentally slack off into vegetable territory.

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