*easy because there’s little equipment so you can do it anywhere; moves are slightly challenging.
As much as I tend to skip strength training--I was going to say I hate it, but I usually just never find time for it--I have been doing this routine for 3 weeks so far. I really like it: it keeps me solid and strong, but doesn't feel endless or exhausting. All the exercises, which are mostly suggestions from my friend and trainer extraordinaire Briana Boehmer, are 2 sets of 10-20 reps and require minimal equipment. Upshot? You can, pleas-to-be-wiped and other kid emergencies notwithstanding, finish this in less than 20 minutes.
I say at the end of the video, no excuses. While that sounds kind of harsh and un-Dimity-like, it's also kind of true. It's 40 minutes a week, the amount of time, if you're anything like me, you spend daily frittering time away on e-mail, facebook, and pointless Yahoo stories (just how is Alanis Morissette prepping for her baby? I must know that now!).
I just finished reporting a story on how our bone and muscle health naturally declines from about age 25 on. Depressing stuff, unless you take care of yourself. The number one way to maintain? Strength training. Keeps the bones and muscles forever young. Running is also up there, but running exclusively, as too many of us know, leads to muscle imbalance and overuse injuries. Strength training takes care of those future injuries before they even happen. (It's basically the exercise equivalent of kale: the idea itself isn't super appealing, but the benefits are so great, you just have to try it.)
So give it a go, and let me know what you think. Although I think all of you are whip smart, I know better than to expect your already overfilled brains to remember the routine from a 4-minute video. So here's a pdf of it (strengthtrainRLAM), with exercise descriptions, sets and reps. Print it out and enjoy.