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Workout of the Month—July

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Reminder: All adults should aim for a minimum of 150 minutes of exercise per week, which averages about 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week. We recommend performing this workout routine 2-3 days a week (on non-consecutive days) and choosing other activities like jogging, biking, swimming, yoga or group fitness classes on the other 2-3 days of the week.


This month’s workout features a series movements that can be performed using only a mat, a towel, a stopwatch or timer, a chair and your body. You can make each movement more challenging or easier, depending on your current fitness level. When the whole workout is performed, it provides a balanced dose of training for cardiorespiratory fitness, muscle endurance, balance and core stability.


Begin with a 4-5 minute total-body warm-up. Use the sample below or something similar, or go for a short walk and do a few stretches. Then perform the exercises in this workout in order, with intervals of 40 seconds work to 20 seconds rest. If you are new to exercise, complete the workout two times, taking 1-2 minutes of rest between the first round and the second round. If you’re feeling up to it, repeat the workout a third time. Finish with about 5 minutes of wrap-up and stretches using the sample wrap-up below or something similar.


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View a print-friendly version of the July workout here.

You can find previous months’ workouts and movements on our GHS YouTube page. You can even make your own workout by creating a custom playlist of movements.

List of Exercises


  • Make it Easier: Punch arms at chest level
  • Make it Harder: Add a hop

Prisoner squat with rotation

  • Make it Easier: Omit the rotation
  • Make it Harder: Add a balancing knee lift

Figure-8 knee raise

  • Make it Easier: Figure-8 march
  • Make it Harder: Figure-8 kick

Squat + reverse lunge

  • Make it Easier: Reverse lunge only
  • Make it Harder: Jump the squat

Butt kick repeater

  • Make it Easier: Alternating butt kicks
  • Make it Harder: Add a hop

Stable skater

  • Make it Easier: Stand upright
  • Make it Harder: Speed skater

Lateral plank walk

  • Make it Easier: Isometric hand plank
  • Make it Harder: Add kneeling push-up

Cross-body back extension

  • Make it Easier: Bird dog
  • Make it Harder: Add a side reach

Isometric kickout crunches

  • Make it Easier: Bent-knee crunches
  • Make it Harder: Add opposite arm extension

V-sit roll back

  • Make it Easier: V-sit hold
  • Make it Harder: Oblique roll back

Click here to open a playlist containing video demos of each movement in this month’s workout, including how to make them easier and harder depending on your fitness level.

Objective: This sample warm-up consists of 10 movement patterns organized to prepare the entire body for moderate to vigorous exercise. Movements should feel progressively larger and more challenging. The heart rate and core temperature should be slightly elevated at the completion of the sequence.

Instructions: Perform the movements in sequence, spending 30-60 seconds on each movement and transitioning immediately into the next exercise.

Total time: 5-10 minutes

  • Marching knee hug
  • Cross-body back step with overhead reach
  • Side shuffle + low reach
  • Low-intensity butt kicks
  • Alternating body hugs
  • Frankenstein cross-body kicks
  • Jump rope (invisible)
  • Side squat with towel chest press
  • Reverse lunge with towel overhead extension
  • Walking burpee

Objective: This sample wrap-up consists of movements and postures organized to help recover from a total-body exercise routine. The heart rate, breathing rate and core temperature should return to resting at the completion of the sequence.

Instructions: Perform the movements in sequence, spending 10-30 seconds on each posture and transitioning immediately into the next.

Total Time: 5 minutes (minimum)

  • Standing cat/cow stretch
  • Standing quadriceps stretch—right
  • Seated or standing figure-4 stretch—right
  • Standing forward fold
  • Standing quadriceps stretch—left
  • Seated or standing figure-4 stretch—left
  • Standing adductor stretch
  • Standing hip flexor stretch—right
  • Standing calf stretch—right
  • Standing hip flexor stretch—left
  • Standing calf stretch—left
  • Standing rear delt/lat stretch
  • Standing pec minor + major stretch
  • Standing trap stretch

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