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Your January Jumpstart Workout Plan

Change Your Body and Mind in Just One Month

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What's the most popular New Year's resolution year after year? Losing weight (and getting in shape). If you've made a goal to drop pounds, tone up and work out more regularly in 2012, SparkPeople's January Jumpstart Workout Challenge can help!

Our Coach Nicole created this 7-day workout plan for people of all fitness levels, but it does involve daily exercise and a real commitment. That may sound daunting, but each workout can be tailored to your own fitness level, and you also get to pick activities that you enjoy. All you need to get started is a little willpower—and a set of dumbbells.

How it Works
  • Do one video (below) each day. Each video will only take you about 10 minutes to complete. For some of the videos, you'll need a set of dumbbells (but if you don't have any, you can improvise with no weights OR other weighted objects such as soup cans or water bottles). If you want to work harder or increase the intensity, repeat the video one or two more times.
     
  • Do five 30-minute cardio sessions per week. You pick the activity and intensity. Need ideas? How about over 110 cardio workout ideas to get you started! The more variety, the better! If you're new to exercise, aim for 30 minutes (or as close to that as you can manage, gradually increasing over time). If you've been at it a while, go longer—up to 60 minutes per session. And remember: That 30 minutes can be broken up into smaller chunks of time throughout the day if that better fits your schedule.
     
  • Follow the plan for 4 weeks. Four weeks of daily exercise is no small feat! This a great introduction to exercise if you're just starting out. Our videos make strength training easy with detailed instructions on form and visuals of correct form. But even if you're an avid exerciser, following this plan for a few weeks can add variety to your current program, which can help you bust a plateau and continue seeing results.
Refer to the chart below for the January Jumpstart Workout Plan . (Click on each link to see the video and find info about tracking each individual workout.

Video Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
Cardio (none) 30 minutes 30 minutes 30 minutes 30 minutes 30 minutes (none)

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About The Author

Nicole Nichols Nicole Nichols
A certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with a bachelor's degree in health education, Nicole loves living a healthy and fit lifestyle and helping others do the same. Nicole was formerly SparkPeople's fitness expert and editor-in-chief, known on the site as "Coach Nicole." Make sure to explore more of her articles and blog posts.

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