Not got time to workout today? Think again.
Time is the biggest obstacle to fitness goals everywhere. Work. Family. Study. That box set on Netflix that you just have to watch right away. There are always drains on our schedule and that can make it easy to skip out on your workout. I want to tell you that you can do a lot with very little when it comes to working out. Of course, ideally, your workout would be a little longer than just ten minutes, but even when you are on a very limited schedule, you can still work up a sweat and improve your fitness. The key to making your fitness plans sustainable is making them a habit. This means that even on those days when you have very limited time, you should still make an effort to work out.
Check out one of my favourite 10-minute workout plans, below.
Star Jumps (Jumping Jacks) (60 seconds)
Yep, we are jumping in with a certified old-skool classic. When you’re limited on time you need to get your heart pumping quickly, and 6o seconds of jumping up and down will definitely do that.
Squats (30 seconds)
It’s another oldie but a goodie. Squats strengthen your core while working your quads, hamstrings, and glutes. But this is an exercise that takes a bit of practice. Check out some videos on proper squat form and remember to drive your hips and bum back while sinking down into the movement.
Plank (30 seconds)
Now, it’s straight down to the ground for some all-over strength building. Get into a pushup position balancing on your forearms and pushing up on your toes. Imagine a straight line running from your head to your ankles and hold it in place for 30 seconds. This will strengthen your core, back, and shoulders.
Mountain Climbers (60 seconds)
This is where things get really tough. Get into a full push-up position, widen your feet slightly and push up and away from the floor. Now you are going to bring your knees up and in one at a time – sort off like your climbing on the spot. This move combines bodyweight and cardio, so it means you get real bang for your buck.
Bridge (60 seconds)
Finish the sequence by lying on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Push up to create a straight line from knee to shoulder and hold for 60 seconds.
Rest (45 seconds)
A brief break – you’ve earned it!
Yep, do the whole sequence one more time to really make the most of this short workout.
This workout is short but intense. So, this isn’t something to jump into if you are a complete newbie or returning to exercise after a long break. A brisk 10-minute walk can provide similar benefits without putting your body under so much pressure. Remember, the goal is to always push for what’s challenging for you, not what’s challenging for anyone else. If you’re looking for support to get started, the gang at Fitfusion PT can help. Drop us a line to find out more about our friendly personal training or kick-ass group classes. Until next week, stay amazing!