Try this effective 10 minute workout to keep you in shape at home when you are pushed for time. 3 days a week is ideal to keep those muscles from wasting and to burn some extra calories. All you need is a sturdy chair and a step.
Perform all exercises in the list with little or no rest between each one. When you have done them all, have a small rest with enough time to sip some water then repeat two more times.
Sit on the edge of a sturdy chair, with hands next to hips. Slide your bottom off the edge and bend elbows to 90 degrees. Be sure to keep your back close to the chair, then push back up. Do 10 to 12 repetitions.
Stand in front of chair, feet hip-distance apart, toes forward. Lean chest slightly forward. Bend knees, tap (don’t sit!) bottom on chair, then stand up. Keep your weight in your heels and keep knees over toes. Do 10 to 12 reps.
Lie on the floor and place hands on the floor or behind the head. Bring the knees in towards the chest until they’re bent to 90 degrees, with feet together or crossed. Contract the abs to curl the hips off the floor, reaching the legs up towards the ceiling. Do 10-12 reps. It’s a very small movement, so try to use your abs to lift your hips rather than swinging your legs and creating momentum.
Lie on back, with knees bent. Cross left ankle over opposite knee. Place right hand behind head and lift right shoulder toward left knee. Release down. Do 10 to 12 reps, then switch sides.
MODIFIED PRESS UPS
Get down on all fours, knees together. Walk hands out and lift feet; move hands slightly wider than chest. Head, neck, back, and butt should be in alignment. Keeping your abs tight, bend elbows and lower chest toward the floor. Press back up. Do 10 to 12 reps.
STANDING HIP EXTENSION
Stand with feet hip-distance apart. Shift weight to right foot, and extend left leg behind; lift and lower left foot, squeezing your butt. Use a chair for balance. Do 12 to 15 reps, then switch.
Place entire right foot on a stair or a sturdy platform, and step up with left leg following. Step down with left leg, reaching back about 12 inches; follow with right. Do 12 times, keeping chest lifted, then switch sides and repeat. As you get stronger, try this move with weights.