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Need to shape up? Get fit fast with the workout tips in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- Cardio machine
- Jump rope
Warm up your muscles quickly by walking or performing slow stretches for about two minutes before starting your workout. Cover your limbs to keep the heat in.
Choose the right machine
Choose a machine that challenges you and keeps your attention. Confronting something you don't like and overcoming it gets your adrenaline pumping.
Rotate from one cardio machine to another in random order -- bike, elliptical machine, treadmill, and Stairmaster -- spending 5 minutes on each.
Substitute running or jumping rope to keep your rhythm and heart rate up if someone is using a machine you wanted to use.
Limit warm up progressively
Limit your warm ups as you go from one exercise to the next until, on the last one, you give it all you've got.
Reserve time for cool down
Reserve time for a 2- to 3-minute cool down. Don't waste the workout and pull a muscle because you rushed the critical minutes after.