Think you don’t have time to squeeze in a workout today? Think again! Kris Goldman, FBG reader, personal trainer and blogger of FitLife, is back with three 10-minute workouts that require nothing more than your body and a little sweat. Try ’em! (And be sure to check out her inspiring post on fitness motivation yesterday to get you psyched if you missed it!)
10-Minute Workouts That Only Use Your Bodyweight
Short on time? Are the days filling up with appointments and meetings and other things life is throwing at you? It is very important to remember that physical exercise and personal time can greatly reduce stress and increase productivity. It is also important to be sure you meet deadlines and fulfill your responsibilities to yourself, your work and your family. Time may not always be on our sides, so I suggest incorporating a simple 10 minutes of activity one to three times during the day.
Ten minutes is not a very long time to take yourself away from work or stressful situation, but it is enough time to get a quick burst of physical activity to increase your energy throughout the day. Something as simple as walking 10 minutes at lunch can be a great way to move your body and get your blood flowing.
Want a little bit more in a workout? Try one of these 10-minute workouts: they’re all bodyweight circuits. No equipment, no excuses!
10-Minute Workout 1
Circuit: 40 seconds work/20 seconds rest
2 rounds of the following:
- jumping jacks
10-Minute Workout 2
Circuit: As many rounds in 10 minutes as you can do:
- 20 bicycle crunch
- 20 bridge lifts
- 20 toe touches
- 20 scissor kicks
10-Minute Workout 3
Circuit: 3 rounds
- 10 tricep dips
- 15 push ups
- 20 jumping jacks
- 15 push-ups
- 10 tricep dips
Take a look at your calendar … do you have 10 minutes to spare? Yes? Perfect, choose a circuit!
No? Set your alarm 10 minutes early tomorrow and do Circuit 2 before you even get out of bed! (Yes, the entire circuit can be done lying down).
Ten-minute workouts may not seem like much but they can do so much for your physical and mental health, particularly during a stressful time. —Kris Goldman