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Six-Week Home Workout Challenge — Simple Circuits

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This post is part of our series of Fitness Saturday exercises, workouts, and expert tips appropriate to women in the second half of life. Jonathan Urla, a certified advanced health and fitness specialist, shares a simple home workout circuit exercise that balances upper body exercises with lower body work.


It’s spring and as temperatures and our bodies start to warm, we yearn to get moving and find our bodies again. But, while the desire is there, sometimes we just don’t know how to begin a fitness regimen that is not too difficult yet still effective. Today I’m going to explain the simplest and most effective way to establish a fitness program to get significantly fitter in six weeks.
The first thing is to remember that you don’t have to do a lot of different exercises to get serious results. The key is to choose just a few exercises that change muscle groups, perform them one after the other with little rest in-between, and then repeat that circuit several times. A proper circuit would be one that balances upper body exercises with lower body work. In addition to being a very efficient use of your time, the continuous nature of the workout helps to keep focus. In between circuits, you should rest 2-3 minutes so you can start the next circuit ready to go.

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Below are two different home circuit routines of four exercises each, that you repeat for five sets. For equipment, you only need some light dumbbells and some tubing. Overall, with the rest between circuits, it should only take you around 30 minutes to complete. These workouts are in addition to your regular cardio exercise. You should do a short warm-up before beginning and add about 5 minutes of floor stretches and abdominals at the end, to have a full and balanced workout.
Alternate the routines “A” and “B” every other day for six days, then take the seventh day off. Repeat for 6 weeks for amazing results.

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