The microwave is a symbol of quick, easy food, but what does fast food have to do with fitness?
As Kathy Smith said, the best workout in the world won't do you any good if you don't have time to do it. And with the busy lifestyle most of us lead, we just don't have time to go to the gym. But we know how important physical fitness is. So what's the answer?
Here's how it works.
Do you have a break room at work? If you do, you probably bring lunch from home and microwave it so you can have a tasty, hot lunch in just a few minutes. If you are like most people, you stand around bored for a few minutes waiting for your food to heat up, then head back to your desk to eat.
Well, instead of being bored, focus on fitness.
Most lunches take from 2 to 7 minutes to heat up. This series is going to teach you exercises you can do in 2 to 7 minutes that will improve your muscle tone and circulation, improve your energy level, help your concentration, and help you relax from your day's stress. You won't work up a sweat, so you won't need a shower afterwards. You'll just feel better and you'll soon notice you look better too.
Excited? OK, let's get started.
Microwave fitness exercise #1 - Calf raises or relevees
Stand normally, with your feet together. Keep your heels together, but spread your toes out like a duck's feet. Now gently, slowly, raise up onto your toes. Ladies, think ballerina. Basketball fans, think lining up for a rim shot. Now gently, slowly, lower back down to your heels. Watching the timer on the microwave, repeat for about 30 seconds to start. Work your way up to 60 seconds.
Your calves will be aching a little, so its important to stretch them back out.
Stand normally, with your feet together. Step forward about one foot with your right foot. Bend your right knee while holding your left leg straight. Watch the microwave timer and hold the stretch for 10 to 30 seconds.
Repeat with the other leg.
If you have a 7 minute lunch in the microwave, repeat the entire exercise series.