Be Well Workout of the Week: Perfect Pairs

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This week, you have 2 exercises at at time.  You are going to start with one rep of each exercise, then two of each, then three of each, and so on until you do 10 reps of each exercise. Challenge yourself to work hard and work fast through each set. You could even set a timer to see how long the workout takes. Then, try it again next week and beat your time.

Good luck!

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Be Well Workout of the Week: Total-Body Tone Up

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Your workout this week is pretty straightforward. It goes like this: Complete the following circuit four times, performing the exercises below as fast as you can while keeping good form. At the end of the circuit, do a quarter-mile sprint. You can do the sprint on the treadmill, elliptical, bike, somewhere outside, or if none of those are an option, you can always do the workout without the sprint. Try not to rest for more than a minute or two between circuits; this keeps your workout efficient and your heart rate high.

Good luck!

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4 Reasons You Should Exercise First Thing in the Morning (And How to Get It Done)

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Imagine this: It’s 5:15 p.m. and you’re getting psyched to leave work, hit the gym and tackle a good workout. You’re about to walk out of the office when you hear your name called. It’s your boss, he needs to have a quick meeting right now. Before you know it, it’s 6 p.m. and you’re supposed to help with dinner tonight, plus there’s traffic to deal with. Maybe today will be your off day (just like yesterday, and the day before).

Here’s a thought: If you’d worked out in the morning, this wouldn’t be your third off day in a row. But how do you become one of those crazy-dedicated people who heads to the gym before the sun comes up? It’s really not as hard as you might think. Here are four reasons you should be exercising first thing in the morning and a few ways to accomplish it.

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Be Well Workout of the Week: The Fast-As-You-Can 40-Rep Challenge

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Ready to burn some calories and build some muscle? You’ve come to the right place. This week’s workout goes like this: You’re going to do 10 reps of the eight exercises listed below, as fast and as hard as you can. The goal is to go through the circuit four times, working as hard on the last rep as you did on the very first one. And don’t even think about slowing down—you should be moving as quickly as you can from start to finish. Then, once you’re done with all four rounds, give yourself a big ol’ pat on the back. You totally deserve it.

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Opinion: In Defense of the Middle-Aged, Suburban CrossFitter

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I felt compelled to write this piece after reading the New York Times Magazine essay, “Why Are Americans So Fascinated with Extreme Fitness?”

In it, the author describes CrossFitters as pitiful lemmings willing to jump off an athletic cliff due to an inability to think for themselves: “Despite the inherent risks of hundreds of thousands of people dabbling in Olympic weight-lifting techniques at their local strip malls, CrossFitters seem utterly dedicated to their hard-core workouts. …And the path to this world is necessarily lined with E.R. visits.”

She continues, in a quest to answer her headline question:

CrossFitters represent just one wave of a fitness sea change, in which well-to-do Americans abandon easy, convenient forms of exercise in favor of workouts grueling enough to resemble a kind of physical atonement. For the most privileged among us, freedom seems to feel oppressive, and oppression feels like freedom.

I couldn’t disagree more.

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