2 short, sharp exercise ideas to whip you into shape

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In today’s modern, hectic world, we know just how difficult it can be to fit in a decent workout. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, one in six Australian employees (that’s 1.7 million people) work over 49 hours per week in our country, which means that our exercise time is even more precious than ever.

Therefore, we should be trying to ring as much out of what workout time we do get as possible. Here at One55, we’ve come up with two short, simple exercises designed to put your body through vigorous paces. The truth is, it’s the quality of a workout the counts, rather than the length, according to a study carried out by the School of Medicine in Sydney’s University of Notre Dame.

These little guys may seem easy at a first glance, but give them a chance and you won’t be disappointed! 

Get inspired by the incline

When you’re lacing up your running shoes and heading out for a run, whether it’s along Sydney’s winding streets or One55’s treadmills, think about your incline. Though running a completely flat course can do wonders for burning calories, frying fat and boosting cardiovascular function, it’s when you hit the hills that your body will really feel the benefits.

According to muscle physiology guru Luanne Voza, running up hills (or inclines) means that your hip flexors have to work significantly harder to lift your knees higher than they would on a flat. Additionally, there is a larger resistance on the buttocks to extend the legs to haul your body along. In simple terms, your muscles we be working much harder on the hills, so ramp up that incline!

Stairway to a heavenly body

Everyday household staircases are one of the most frequently utilised pieces of gym equipment, but so often we just don’t realise how beneficial they can be. Talking to Mother Nature Network, fitness author Judd Handler states that climbing a flight of stairs, or several, can work a broad variety of muscles simultaneously. His advice is to skip every other step as you ascend, ensuring that you are pushing off with your whole foot (rather than just your toes), which will bring the buttocks and hips into play.

If you live in a tower block, or work on the 16th floor, ditch the lift and take the stairs. At the top of each flight, perform a few push-ups before continuing. Once your heart begins to beat faster, take a half-minute rest until you catch your breath. Do this every day before heading over to One55 for a session with your personal trainer, and you’ll be fit as a fiddle!

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