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Get strength and cardio benefits in 30 minutes a day

Circuit Training at Home continued...



  • 30 seconds of biceps curls
  • 30 seconds of cycling or jogging



  • Repeat the whole cycle at least three times.

And you don't even need to invest in weights, at least not at first. Bryant says you can fill gallon milk jugs with sand or water to make a weight.

The important thing, Bryant says, is to make an effort. "Exercise is cumulative. Each time you do it, the benefits add to the last," he says. "I say it's like loose change. It adds up."

And to make sure you keep at it, choose an activity that fits into your schedule -- and that you enjoy. For Magee, who has been going to Curves four to five times a week for almost a year, the circuit workout fits the bill.

"For now," she says, "I like it."

Reviewed on June 22, 2005

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