5 Minutes of Core Training: Double Crunches
How to do it: Lie down with your back flat against the floor. Lift your knees so your legs form a "V" position with the knees pointing upward. Lift your feet so the calves are parallel to the floor and your thighs are perpendicular to the floor. Your hands should be behind your head and the elbows pointed outward.
Lift your head and shoulders off the floor while you pull your knees toward your head. Your pelvis should come off the ground. Exhale while you try to touch your knees to your chest. Make sure to keep your elbows extended outward so the motion of the lift comes from the abdominal area. As you inhale, return your legs to the starting position with your thighs perpendicular to the floor. Lower the head back to the ground, as well. Repeat.
Tip: Focus on the muscle groups in the abdominal area and really feel the burn! Just remember to breathe.
5 Minutes (or longer) of Fat-Burning Cardio Work
How to do it: For the last phase, go back to whatever activity you were doing in Phase 1.
Tip: If you can go longer and have the time, go for it! The longer you exercise, the more calories you’ll burn — just make sure you have enough energy to rock your workout the next day. Remember to change up the type of exercises, reps, sets and resistance level each time.
“Starting today, get moving. Right now! As soon as you read this article, put on a comfortable pair of shoes and go for a walk. It’s all about making small choices,” Pasternak advises.“Little things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Walking that extra block. Parking your car at the furthest point in the parking log. You’ve heard it a million times but it really does add up.”
Catch Pasternak starring in the new ABC series The Revolution premiering in January, and learn more about his 5-factor program at www.5factor.com.
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