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The 8 Minute Workout

Are you a couch potato or procrastinator? The 8-minute workout is made for you! Let's face it. Most of us are working long hours for our livelihood

and at the end of the workday, we want to just kick back, watch a little TV, or enjoy a movie and relax! Exercise is not on our short list of desirable activities – we're worn out. No matter how many times your doctor may chastise you for not getting sufficient exercise for your health, it's a hard sell. Although you know that the doc is right, few of us follow through. However, here we've got some easy ways to have your cake and eat it too. What's the solution? The 8-minute workout is perfect.

Think about it. You can hardly eat a real breakfast, check your email or get the kids out of bed in 8 minutes. Not a long period of time. So it's easy to see that an 8-minute workout can be easily squeezed in, no matter how busy you are. You'll find that, once you get started, the most difficulty you'll experience is in making the commitment. Once you've determined to follow through, you'll come to look forward to your 8-minute workouts. Really!

Here are some suggestions that fill the bill admirably.

1.Make a list of the health benefits you'll reap from your 8-minute workouts and then post it on the frig, bathroom mirror, or wherever it'll be in your face. Be sure to include these: increased energy and strength, weight loss, toning of muscles and an improved circulatory and respiratory system. I'm sure you can add to this list!

2.Plan for four 8-minute workouts a day. No, it's not nearly as difficult as you might imagine. Walk to the corner store, instead of driving. Ride your bike around the block a couple of times before your morning shower. If you live close enough to bike to work, you can save on gas and, depending on the distance, squeeze in two or three 8-minute workouts going to and from work. If you use public transportation, get off a few stops before your destination and walk the rest of the way. Do you work in a tall office building? Get off the elevator a couple of floors below your office stop and take the stairs. Park out in the boonies of the corporate parking lot and walk. You get the idea. There are so many ways to fit an 8-minute workout into your daily schedule.

3.Whether your goal is to lose weight, firm up some flab or just a general desire to improve your health, a regular workout routine is enhanced when you make a few dietary changes. If a big juicy burger or steak is your normal choice, try substituting a big chef's salad a couple of times a week for dinner, with all the healthy trimmings. The great thing about salads is you can make them as big as you please, without gaining an ounce, while getting your fiber, protein and antioxidant-rich produce in one shot. You'll also feel satisfied with the amount of food – fiber is filling – and puts those hunger pangs to rest.

You can see that following these three simple steps isn't that hard. The results accrue daily. Next time you visit your doctor, you're likely to see a decrease in your blood pressure, a better looking body, better cholesterol readings and a reduction in weight. Your complexion will be more vibrant and you'll definitely feel an increase in vitality. There's no good reason to pass up these many benefits! 8 minutes is all it takes! (TIMExplore.com)

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