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One of the simplest and fastest workouts that create the most impact in the shortest time are Tabata workouts. The sessions I do with my clients, and myself, consist of 4-minute workouts. Go as hard as you can for 20 seconds and rest for the next 10 seconds. Repeat this seven more times. Easy, right? Another great thing about these workouts is that you really don’t need any equipment. Small weights are great but just using your bodyweight in a few simple moves works wonders!

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Ever use a pedometer? It’s a really easy way to help motivate you to keep active and measure how much you get up and move around. You should set your goal to 10,000 steps in a day, which equates to about 5 miles. I use one every day and in order to count every step, I put it on immediately after I wake up. I even bought pedometers for my clients last year to track their daily activity levels. It has really motivated them to pay attention and motivate each other, it even created competition within some of their families!

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Erin Oprea is owner of Oprea Personal Fitness, an exclusive in-home personal training business for clientele in the Nashville area or who are on the road. She first received her personal trainer certification in 1995. After serving 9 years in the Marine Corps, she resumed her passion in fitness to eventually include clients such as Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Nettles.

 

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