10 ways to fit in a workout before 10 am

Holly Corbett, REDBOOK
Yahoo Lifestyle
2 October 2012

Don't beat yourself up for never hitting the gym - these moves from Jennifer Cohen, health and fitness expert and author of No Gym Required, will have you feeling tight and toned all before you sit down to work.

7 a.m.
When you wake up, immediately hit the floor and do 10 pushups. "As you get stronger, add an extra two pushups each week," says Cohen. As you increase the amount of reps, you'll spot a real difference in your upper arms. Looking good!

7:10 a.m.

For a high-protein breakfast, microwave eggs for two minutes. Fit in cardio by doing 20 jumping jacks, 20 squats, 20 front lunges, and 20 tricep dips on your kitchen chair before the buzzer goes off.

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7:30 a.m.
When you're brushing your teeth, alternate between calf raises and squeezing your butt muscles for toning every other day.

7:45 a.m.
Squeeze in 50 crunches before you get dressed. "It's great to do abdominal exercises before you put on your clothes," says Cohen. "You feel skinnier."

8:00 a.m. <br>Whether you're dropping the kids off at school or heading to work, skip the lift. "Make sure you're wearing flats or comfortable shoes, and run up the stairs to burn some calories and help strengthen your glutes," says Cohen.

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8:05 a.m.
When you reach the final flight, work the outside of your thighs by side-stepping halfway to the landing, leading with your left leg.

8:10 a.m.
Work your other side by side-stepping up the stairs until you reach your floor, this time leading with your right leg.

9:00 a.m. <br>Use your desk or or your coffee table to do 15 inclined pushups. "Different angles work different muscle groups," says Cohen. "Doing pushups flat on the ground when you first wake up and then doing them inclined later helps work different parts of your chest, upper back, and core for a more complete workout."

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9:30 a.m.
Rather than sitting still when you're on the phone, keep moving. Take hold of a chair, extend one of your legs to the side, and pulse it out for 20 seconds while focusing on squeezing your thighs. Repeat with the opposite leg. "This move is great for core for stabilisation as well as toning the outer thighs, which minimises saddlebags," says Cohen.

9:45 a.m.
You've earned a coffee break! Drop down for 10 squats, and head out for a latte.

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