The Super Slipper Workout

By , Vionic Footwear
Some of the best workouts are the ones you can do anytime, anywhere. Just because you’re not using fancy gym equipment does not mean you aren’t working hard, challenging your body and getting results. Whether you’re stretched for time and need to squeeze in some fitness, or you just don’t want to spend a lot of time exercising today, here are two quick workouts to start and finish your day the right way. Try one or both for a full-body workout in just 10 minutes. The best news of all: you can do them in your slippers without even walking out the door! 

Rise and Shine!

Ideally, you want to warm up your muscles before starting any workout. March in place for 1-2 minutes before you begin. For the stretches in the sequence below (torso stretch, lying double knee hug stretch, standing shoulder stretch), hold each one for about 30 seconds. For the strength moves (lying single-leg raises, bicycle crunches, modified push-ups, Supermans) do 1-2 sets of each exercise, with 8-12 repetitions per set.

1. Torso Stretch. Breathe deep in this full body stretch to awaken your entire body.

2. Lying Single-Leg Raises. You’ll feel your quads start to burn in this exercise. It’s also a stabilizing workout for your core.

3. Bicycle Crunches. This exercise targets not only your abs, but your obliques as well.

4. Modified Push-Ups. Start on your knees and progress up to your toes when you’re ready. This exercise targets multiple upper-body muscles in one.  

5. Superman. Don’t forget to breathe during this challenging exercise for your lower back.  

6. Lying Double-Knee Hug Stretch. Stretch out your lower back and hips after the work they just did.

7. Standing Shoulder Stretch. This upper-body stretch will leave you feeling good and ready to start your day! 

Sunset Stretches

Even if you’ve been running around all day, you should still warm up by marching in place for 1-2 minutes before starting this workout. For the stretches in the sequence below (wide-leg modified hamstring stretch, seated cross-legged forward bend stretch, torso stretch), hold each one for about 30 seconds. For the strength moves (genie sit, seated knee lifts with chair, triceps dips with bent knees, seated leg extensions) do 1-2 sets of each exercise, with 8-12 repetitions per set.

1. Wide-Leg Modified Hamstring Stretch. This is a great beginner version of this stretch. As you become more flexible you can reach further down your leg, but only to the point of mild discomfort.

2. Genie Sit. This is a very small but effective movement. Have a partner hold your feet for support, if needed.

3. Seated Knee Lifts with Chair. You’ll quickly feel your abs working if you’re doing this exercise with small and controlled movement.

4. Triceps Dips with Bent Knees. Target the backs of the arms with this challenging exercise. Put your legs out straight in front for an even bigger challenge.
  
5. Seated Leg Extensions. Extend each leg for 2 seconds, then pulse for another 3 to make it even more difficult. You’ll start to feel the burn in no time!

6. Seated Cross-Legged Forward Bend Stretch. This stretch targets your hips, hamstrings and back—all in one!  If you find this one to be difficult, carefully sit on a chair and reach your arms out in front of you (clasp hands together) for an upper body stretch.

7. Torso Stretch. Breathe deep in this full-body stretch as a way to relax at the end of a long day.

As long as you’re working hard and you’re consistent with your exercise routine, your time spent will pay off—even if you are working out in your slippers! Can you find some small pockets of time to incorporate these routines into your life a few times per week? Set your alarm 10 minutes earlier in the morning, and find 10 minutes in the evening. That’s 20 minutes of exercise you wouldn’t have done before!

How do you squeeze in a quick workout when you're short on time? Share in the comments below!

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Vionic footwear merges unparalleled biomechanical technology with versatile, modern design fit for every occasion. Developed by Phillip Vasyli, renowned Australian podiatrist and founder of Orthaheel® Technology, Vionic shoes help restore natural foot function and relieve heel pain, promoting a more active lifestyle. Vionic’s footwear and orthotic inserts are also endorsed by noted integrative medicine expert, Dr. Andrew Weil. With premium materials, artful construction and streamlined silhouettes, Vionic’s men’s and women’s collections provide standout style with exceptional comfort and functionality.
 
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Comments

Walking in place while typing or reading at my computer. Report
Exercises are still valid regardless of sponsorship. Report
MIZZBEE1
Getting back to the challenge, I like these short workouts and will include them in the daily routines I am developing. The ads don't bother me - they are small stuff compared to the other challenges I am facing in my life right now. Stop whining! Report
SILVERYESTERDAY
All those complaining about the ads, sign up for Spark Premium and pay for no ads. Sparkpeople has grown considerably in size over the last few years. To keep it free they need to have more ads. Logic. Report
I like to do heel raises, minisquats, balancing on one foot while microwaving things at work. Or when I've been sitting too long. Report
Vionic product placement is ridiculous. I know it helps keep the site free. Annoying. I prefer to actually exercise my feet muscles. Report
Who cares if this is an add type article??? We are getting tons of information for FREE!! Don't be so critical. These sponsors pay for the site!!! The exercises in this blog are excellent!!! Report
Seriously? Who cares that the post is sponsored by Vionic? It's still an awesome idea. A little bit of extra movement at the beginning and end of the day sounds great. Report
Spark People is big business, folks. They all have fun jobs due to all the sponsors. I ignore most of the articles, sponsored or not,and get my health information from other sites such as Mercola.com, GreenMed, Dr.David Perlmutter, Max Lugavere, Dr. William Davis, Dr. Ben Kim and Mark's Daily Apple. I also use Deepak Chopra's site for meditation, and I pay a small fee to access Yoga-Glo. What I do use Spark for is tracking fitness, and I find the never-ending ads are really making that job cumbersome. If anyone knows of a better place to do that, I am all ears. Report
I am aware it's a free site, and they need to make money. That's fine. I don't have a problem with that, or with them having ads on the site. And you're right, that this blog was almost all workouts with only a small ad at the end, and that they do say "sponsored" at the top.

What I was questioning, though, is the amount of these type of posts. It's been quite a while since there was a non-sponsored blog. And I have seen people on my teams not realize when blogs were sponsored, and that is a problem when they are promoting a questionable position that Spark has other (older) articles refuting. It makes it hard to tell what information is good and what is promoting a commercial position, and it is reaching the point where I am starting to wonder if Spark is providing the best information to help me get healthy or the best information to attract sponsors. Report
The ads were at the end of the information, and the blog was clearly labeled "sponsored by Vionic" at the get-go. That's not sneaky, that's very clear. Report
APEREZSTUDDARD
Remember, this is a free site and depends on sponsors so that it remains at no-cost to you. Right under the title, it even says, "By: SPONSORED_BLOG, – Vionic Footwear." Report
So, it seems like the blog has just become a repository for "adicles." SparkPeople has become so full of ads, and "blogs" and "articles" that are actually ads, I am starting to wonder how much of the information they present I can trust. Is it actually science-backed, or is it plugging whatever product paid them the most money that month? It's sad, because Spark used to be so good. It got me started on my health journey, but I'm beginning to think it's time for me to move on. :'( Report
LARKSPURLAZULI
"Editor's Choice"? Yeah, because the editor's getting paid off! Report
LARKSPURLAZULI
I'm sick of seeing sneaky 'sponsored' blogs. You should put "sponsored" on the banner for the article so we know BEFORE clicking whether it is an AD or not. Report
More ads IN your blogs?? Really??? Very disappointed. I realize SparkPeople relies on ad revenue, but this is getting ridiculous when you have ads scattered all over AND in the blogs and articles. Report
Oh right, another Vionic AD Report