Workout of the Week: 31st August - 10 Minute Skip & Abs

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This week's workout is so simple - it is just 2 exercises to raise your heart rate and condition your abdominals for days when time escapes you but you still want to get a quick sweat in. This is based on HIIT principles of raising your heart rate with a simple active recovery exercise that will exhaust your abdominals.

So the exercises:

100 skips (2 foot, 1 foot or any other variation that challenges you!) 20 crunches

Repeat 6 times

It is that simple. I also just wanted to take a moment to give you some tips for each of the exercises to make sure you are doing them safely and effectively.

Jumping rope can be tricky to get the hang of but once you get it it is such a great way to keep fit without even leaving the house. You want to try to keep on the balls of your feet so that your heels don't touch the ground (you'll feel the burn in your calves when you're doing it right). You don't need to jump too high, just think about jumping lightly and concentrate on getting into the rhythm in a way that feels natural rather than trying to get too far off the ground. Use your wrists to swing the rope rather than your whole arms, with your hands about a foot from the sides of your body. Don't worry or get too frustrated if you trip or drop the rope, just carry on where you left off and try not to waste time being impatient!

For the crunches, lie on your back with your knees bent and feet on the floor. Bring your fingers to the side of your ears, so that you don't pull on your head or neck. Draw your belly button towards the mat so your back is gently resting against the floor. Then engage your abdominals and lift the shoulders off the mat. Keep your neck neutral and long and lower down with control.

FitnessAnnie Clarke