Climb Your Way to a Healthier Heart!

By Michelle Kennedy

The moves in this workout might take you back to gym class. But there’s a good reason they’re still around: They work!

 

 

Jump Rope (2 minutes)

 

Jumping Jacks (30 seconds)

 

Inchworm 1 minute (1 minute): Start in a full push up position (hands on the floor, body straight and on your toes). Without moving your hands, walk your feet forward (with your rear in the air). Go as close as you can get without bending your knees. Then walk your hands forward until you are in a push up position again. Inch forward for 30 seconds and back for 30 seconds.

 

Jumping Jacks (30 seconds)

 

Inchworm (1 minute)

 

Jumping Jacks (30 seconds)

 

Inchworm (1 minute)

 

Run in place with high knees (30 seconds)

 

Side-kick squats (9 repetitions per side): Bend your knees and sit back as if you’re going to sit in a chair; your weight should be in your heels. Stand up and lift one leg out to the side, keeping your toes forward. Bring your foot back to the start, squat and repeat on the other side. Repeat until you have performed 18 total squats (9 kicks on each side).

 

Run in place with high knees (30 seconds)

 

Side-kick squats (9 reps per side)

 

Run in place with high knees (30 seconds)

 

Side-kick squats (9 reps per side)

 

Push Ups (10 repetitions)

 

Mountain Climbers (30 seconds): Get down on all fours. Straighten your right leg behind you and bring your left foot forward (as if you’re about to start a timed run). When you’re ready, jump your right foot between your hands while you extend your left leg behind. Keep switching your feet in rapid succession. Avoid extending the back leg out too far as it will be difficult to get it back between your hands. (And FYI, these aren’t easy!)

 

Push Ups (10 reps)

 

Mountain Climbers (30 seconds)

 

Push Ups (10 reps)

 

Mountain Climbers (30 seconds)

 

Crunches (2 minutes): Do as many as you can!

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