I get it – you’re busy. Between work, kids, family and sleep, there isn’t always a lot of extra time for exercise. And, unfortunately, exercise is usually put on the backburner.
But, regular activity is essential for overall health. Exercise helps keep bones and muscles strong and toned, and it improves cardiovascular health by reducing your risk of stroke, heart attack and arterial diseases. Moving gets your blood pumping and increases the amounts of nutrients available to your brain and organs, improving mood and cognitive functions. Because your brain gets clean, nutrient-dense blood flowing through it, exercise can help improve sleep quality as well.
Exercise boosts your metabolism and reduces blood sugar imbalances that can lead to unexplained weight gain. Insulin sensitivity and nutrient uptake are enhanced and your body is better able to utilize energy so that less is stored as fat.
If you’re crazy busy and don’t have time to fit in a 60-minute workout, you can benefit from just 10-20 minutes of body weight exercises each day. Because you don’t need any equipment for most body weight exercises, you can do these anywhere, including vacation! (Or is it just me who is excited that they can still work out on vacation?)
For a quick, highly effective 10-minute workout, follow along below and start feeling and seeing the results soon!
- Perform each exercise listed below for 30 seconds (set an interval timer using a free App – this makes it much easier than craning your neck to check a clock).
- Move onto the next exercise without resting between sets. Rest as long as you need after completing the circuit.
- Repeat the circuit twice for a 10-minute workout.
- Finish off with a short stretch of your hamstrings, glutes, quads and shoulders.
- Triceps Dips
- Jumping Jacks
- Jump Squats
- Alternating Reverse Lunges
- Sumo Squats
- Skater Jumps
Do this workout 2-4 times each week on its own or jump into it right after your favorite cardio session!
This workout is effective because it takes minimal amount of time or preparation to complete, avoids feelings of discouragement from not exercising, and it uses all your big muscles so you get more benefits from each move. And, just 10 minutes of exercise a day can help combat the effects of stress. Win-win!
What are you waiting for?