Next time you are feeling tired at the end of a long night or day and feel you want to reach for the iPad or a coffee, try these doing some energy boosting exercises.
These energy boosting exercises from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge can be completed in 90 seconds for each exercise with a 10 second break in between for a speedy, energy boosting sweat session. How easy does that sound?
4 energy boosting exercises
1. Parallel squat pumps
Start by standing in a neutral position, hips shoulder width apart. Arms are by your side and toes are pointing forward. Then slowly extend your arms out in front of you, exhale and push your hips backward (imagine you are sitting down on a chair) into a squat position. Keep your back flat, head up and knees in line with toes.
Lower your body until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Hold the squat position for 1-2 seconds, then tighten your glutes and slightly straighten your legs to create a pumping motion. Breathe continuously through the movement. Exhale as you engage your core and push off your heels to standing.
2. Full plank hold
Begin on your hands and knees with your hands at shoulder height, facing forward. Slowly step up into full plank position, keeping feet shoulder width apart and arms directly underneath shoulders. Then, engage your powerhouse by pulling your belly button toward your spine and hold, keeping your core and lower back strong and stable. Repeat exercise as necessary or hold this position continuously for 1 minute.
3. Burpee with leg lift
Start standing tall with your feet hip width apart and arms by your sides. Exhale as you jump, lifting both arms overhead. Inhale, squat down and place your hands on the floor in front of your feet.
Exhale as you jump your feet back behind you, keeping your knees slightly bent. Inhale, push off from your toes and bring your feet back in toward your hands. Stand up and lift your right leg out to the side to perform a lateral leg lift. Repeat exercise, alternating sides.
4. Pilates abdominal swing starting position
Lie flat on your back with legs in tabletop position and place your hands underneath your thighs. Then inhale and bring your knees toward your chest. Exhale, lift your head and upper body as you roll forward slightly and lengthen your legs. Repeat exercise.
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Our Challenge entails:
- 28 days of at home exercise routines (no gym needed) – with video instruction
- Customisable and breastfeeding friendly meal plans
- Time-efficient exercises for busy mums – under 30 mins
- Challenge combines Pilates exercises with interval and circuit training (HIIT)
- Suitable for basic to advanced fitness levels
- Home to thousands of EASY-TO-MAKE recipes!
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