Eat Dessert, and 6 More New Weight-Loss Rules

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Jessica Smith on May 19, 2010 at 4:28PM

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Eat Dessert, and 6 More New Weight-Loss Rules

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A 15-Minute Workout Counts

According to research from the Journal of the American Medical Association as little as 10 minutes of exercise is enough to increase your fitness level. The study found that when sedentary overweight women started exercising 72 minutes a week (or 10 minutes a day), their VO2 max improved by 4.2 percent. An improved VO2 not only means better cardiovascular fitness, but science also shows it helps slow the body’s aging process.

So stop talking yourself out of your workout – “I don’t have time” is no longer a valid excuse. Get in your daily dose with your favorite workout DVD, or download a quick workout off Exercise TV – you don’t even have to change out of your PJs to do it!

Try it today: Do three rounds of this bodyweight exercise circuit for a 15-minute workout. A circuit is great cardio because you’re moving from one exercise to the next without stopping which gets your heart rate up. Do 15 push ups, 15 squats, 15 crunches and 15 rear lunges (alternating legs). 

 

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