Did you set a resolution to move even more in the new year? Or, are you just looking to kick off a new fitness routine? Our video series, 60 Seconds To Fit, is here to help. Each one-minute clip breaks down a different exercise, showing you how to do it with perfect form. "In the beginning, you might perform the moves at a slower pace and for a shorter duration than you expected, and that's okay," explains celebrity trainer Suzanne Bowen. "Having good form means you'll work the correct muscles — and help prevent injuries. It's about cultivating strength and control," she says.
It's a dreaded move, to be sure, but the burpee is a great total body exercise — it gets your heart racing in just seconds while challenging the muscles in your arms, legs, and core. You can easily modify this move depending on how much of a challenge you want. Make sure you keep your head in line with your spine (don't let it drop), and keep your abs contracted. And, of course, don't forget to breathe!
For beginners: Walk your legs out into a plank position, walk them back in, and then reach toward the ceiling. Do 10-15 reps, rest, and repeat.
Intermediate: Add hops — you'll jump your legs in and out instead of walking them. Do 10-15 reps, rest for up to a minute, and repeat.
Advanced: Add a pushup. Do 10-15 reps, rest for one minute, and repeat.