Circuit Training: Take a Shortcut to Fitness (cont.)
Even if your circuit workouts include jogging intervals, Bryant recommends adding some brisk walking or other aerobic activity to your day. "Do things you enjoy!" he urges.
Circuit Training at Home
If driving to the gym (much less working out in front of God and everybody) is a deterrent, Westcott recommends setting up a modified circuit at home. This way, you can also tailor your circuit to your fitness level. Beginners, for example, might use 5-pound weights and move up as their strength improves.
Your home circuit could go like this:
And you don't even need to invest in weights, at least not at first. Bryant says you can fill gallon milk jugs with sand or water to make a weight.
The important thing, Bryant says, is to make an effort. "Exercise is cumulative. Each time you do it, the benefits add to the last," he says. "I say it's like loose change. It adds up."
And to make sure you keep at it, choose an activity that fits into your schedule -- and that you enjoy. For Magee, who has been going to Curves four to five times a week for almost a year, the circuit workout fits the bill.
"For now," she says, "I like it."
Originally published September 4, 2003.
SOURCES: Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, WebMD Weight Loss Clinic dietitian Wayne L. Westcott, PhD, fitness research director, South Shore YMCA, Quincy, Mass. Cedric X. Bryant, PhD, chief exercise physiologist, American Council on Exercise, San Diego, Calif.
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