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Quickie Calorie Crushers: 15-Minute Cardio Workouts

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Looking for super-speedy routines that count as your exercise for the day? Done. Benjamin Hendrickson, a performance coach and personal trainer for the Sports Center at Chelsea Piers in New York City, offers his favorite get-fit time-savers.

Your Speedy Routine

Postpone stretching till bedtime. Static stretches -- the kind you hold for about a minute -- can actually sap your muscles' power output, according to Hendrickson. "Doing them before you hit the sack, as opposed to before you exercise, means you can make gains in flexibility as you relax," he says.

Slip in some toning. Choose five basic moves, such as push-ups, planks, squats, triceps dips, and lunges, that work your major muscles, then bang out a set of each whenever you can. For example, get out of bed, do 15 squats, then 15 more while getting dressed and another 15 while waiting for your coffee to brew.

Skip the cool-down. Studies show that when it comes to injury prevention and post-workout soreness, there's little to no benefit in doing a formal cool-down. Instead, a few minutes of easy walking -- around the locker room, back to your office -- should be enough, Hendrickson notes.

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marie82128 wrote:

Great suggestions! I work out at home and am always looking for new ways to keep things interesting/different.

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vdean66023 wrote:

I agree, I already so some of these shortcuts and will add the other suggestions. Thank you!

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