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A Busy Schedule Is No Match For These Super Quick Exercises

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I am by definition a very lazy person. If given the chance I would gladly sit on my butt all day, stuff my face with pizza and candy, and only stretch to get rid of the numbness in my legs from lack of use.

Working full-time and running a blog helped me mask that laziness so that to the world I appeared to be motivated and energetic while deep inside the lazy kid in me cried out every time I averted my gaze from a 12-pack of donuts.

By performing them several times a week I am able to separate myself from the clutter of daily life.

In order not to completely fail at the goals I've set out for myself and at life as a whole, I've adapted to include regular exercise into my week. I find that using some of the free hours I have in the week to incorporate short workout routines helps me direct my focus more, and by performing them several times a week I am able to separate myself from the clutter of daily life.

Spider Lunges

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A good form of slow cardio that helps stretch the body. Position yourself in the same way you would if you were in a plank. Tighten your abs and slowly bring your left foot towards the outside of your left hand (bring your foot half way if you cannot stretch that far). Keep your right leg where it is. Hold this position for approximately two seconds, then slowly bring your left leg back to the original plank position. Repeat the same technique with your right leg. Complete 10 full sets.

Planks

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Well-known ab exercise that I find beneficial for meditation purposes. Start by getting into a push-up position. Bend your elbows and rest your weight on your forearms, but not your hands. Your body should form a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles. Hold this position by counting to 30 slowly. Repeat three times.

Yoga Squats

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This technique helps you control your breathing and allows for a more relaxed head space. Squat with your feet as close together as possible. Separate your thighs slightly wider than your torso. While exhaling, lean your torso forward and fit it snugly between your thighs. Press your elbows against your inner knees and bring your palms together. Hold this position while counting to 40, then inhale, straighten the knees and slowly bring yourself back into a standing position. Repeat five times.

Revolved Chair Squats

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A favourite of mine from yoga practice that strengthens the legs, shapes the butt and stretches the spine for increased relaxation. Stand with your legs hip width apart and lower yourself into a standard squat position. Exhale and twist your torso so that you are bringing your left elbow to the outside of your right knee. Press your palms together so that your right elbow points towards the sky. Stay in this position for five full breaths then unroll into the original squat and repeat on the other side. Stand straight and relax your legs. Repeat three times.

Bridge Stretches

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Especially helpful if you are sitting at a computer for most of the day as it stretches your entire body. Lie on your back with your arms by your side and your legs folded with knees pointing upward. From here use your arms and legs to push your body up. Hold while slowly counting to five, then lower your body down. Repeat four times.

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