Only having 10-15 minutes to spare for a workout is no longer an excuse to skip your exercise session. A workout that is low on time but high in intensity can burn just as many calories over the course of the day as a longer, less intense workout. These short but powerful bursts of exercise are often called High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). The key is to move from one exercise to another with only very short breaks in between, and only if you need to take them.
Many athletic trainers have started recommending HIIT for losing weight, building muscle, and gaining energy. Try the one that is right for you and your health needs. You may not even need any equipment except the resistance of your body weight. With a fast pace and a planned series of weight and cardio exercises like the ones below, you could be done with your workout in the time it took you to read this.
- If you like yoga and want to work on flexibility and mindfulness, try doing 10 sun salutations in a row.
- If you want to pump some iron and have weights handy, consider using this professional trainer’s circuit workout by following along with the photo guide to make sure you have the right form to keep your joints safe while you lift.
- If you would like to tone your muscles using just the resistance of your own body weight, give one of these series of plank positions, push-ups, lunges, and jumping jacks a try.
All of these workouts are FREE of cost and can be done almost anywhere at any time. So slip a workout into your workday or get your family to cheer you on and count down the time as you practice at home.