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Fresh Start to Fitness: A high-intensity home exercise routine

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Workouts without variety not only tend to get stale rather quickly, but they can also cause your physical gains to plateau, according to Jeffrey Beck, exercise specialist with the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) - Workouts without variety not only tend to get stale rather quickly, but they can also cause your physical gains to plateau, according to Jeffrey Beck, exercise specialist with the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray.

Beck recommends that you complete the following high intensity home workout program a few times per week to help keep your exercise routine fresh and interesting. Perform each exercise for 30 seconds and rest for 20 seconds before moving on to the next one. Complete 3 circuits, resting one minute between each circuit, he said.

1) High Knees To Toes: Start with two high knees, bringing your right knee to your left hand, then your left knee to your right hand. Now rotate your right knee slightly outward to bring your right ankle to your left hand, then your left ankle to your right hand. Continue in this alternating pattern for 30 seconds.

2) Pop Squat: Start with your feet together. Jump in the air and land with your feet out to the sides. Squat down and touch the ground with your finger tips. Jump up bringing your feet together in starting position. Repeat the movement for 30 seconds.

3) Two Point Touch: Start in a plank position with your hands directly under your shoulders and your feet in line with your hips. Lift your left leg off the ground so your heel is even with your pelvis. Keeping your torso stable, bring your right elbow to your left knee under your body. Do not round your back or twist your spine, and keep your pelvis down. Then reach the arms and leg out and away from each other. Repeat on the other side, keeping the movement steady and controlled. Continue alternating sides for 30 seconds.


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