A quick and sweaty ladder (the exercise kind)

If you asked me what’s the best way to deal with stress, I’d answer “exercise”.  I sort of believe that exercise is the answer to most of life’s big questions, “world peace?” – send ‘em into the boxing ring.  If only the United Nations had asked my opinion!!

I’ve got a ripper little workout for you today that should sort out the grumpiest of hormones or enhance your already good mood.  Good nutrition and good training together make for a happy woman! You’ll see I’ve allowed for beginners or those of you who struggle with changes of level and upped the ante for the more advanced exercisers too.

So whatever your stress may be,  I’ve got a ladder workout for you that will sort your woes, so put your counting hat on along with your workout gear and let’s get started.

Beginners will do these modified exercises:

10 – 1 reps

Incline Pushups (either wall or bench)

Prisoner/Cossack Squats

Incline Fast Mountain Climbers

Bent Over Bodyweight Rows

Stepping Jacks.

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Intermediate/Advanced will step it up:

10-1 reps

Pushups on knees/toes

Prisoner Squats or DB Front Squats

Fast Mountain Climbers

DB Bent Over Rows or DB Renegade Rows

Modified burpees or Total Body Extensions

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You’ll do the first circuit with 10 reps for each exercise. For both levels, rest only as required.  Catch your breath and keep the break short.  Next circuit you’ll do 9 reps of each exercise.  Take a quick rest and then back into the workout with 8 reps of each exercise. Continue reducing the number of reps each circuit till you finish on one rep of each movement.

You’re on the clock timing yourself for less than 20 minutes of work.  As usual, you should be aiming to set a time and beat it or at least match it every time you repeat this workout.

Exercise can be great stress therapy as well as for fitness and fat loss, but first and foremost NUTRITION should be your main focus.

It’s not about perfection, but progress.

Even if you keep taking tiny steps you’ll keep moving forward.

Find more workouts like these at Female Fat Loss over 40 or the 20 Minute Anti-Aging Solution for the more mature woman.