A lack of time is the number one reason people give for not exercising. With the holidays upon us, the demands on our time are even greater, making getting in the necessary physical activity all the more difficult.
Rather than write-off exercise until you are faced with a resolution on January 1, learn to make the most of limited workout time by increasing the intensity. Recent research indicates that high intensity workouts have better results than lower intensity exercise, such as going for a walk. So, ramping up your effort might save you time AND give you the results you want more quickly. Bonus!
I have created a sample workout that is perfect for beginners to advanced exercisers, because you do the number of reps you can in the allotted time and repeat the circuit for added challenge. This simple 10-minute plan meets the needs of even the tightest of schedules, so there are no excuses. Start at your level of fitness and increase slowly making an effort to push yourself, but not past the point of pain or injury.
This 10-minute plan works all major areas of your body while getting in a cardio workout. It really is the best way to get maximum results in a short period of time.
I have links to video explanations of some of the exercises, in case you are unfamiliar with the movement or proper form. There are a few ideas to increase the intensity too. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Spider plank (although keep your rear end in line with your body – straight as a board, just like a regular plank)
Jump squats (make sure to keep your knees behind your toes)
Hop over the line (AKA Lateral hop – this example is a more advanced example of clearing a raised bar, but you can hop over a jump rope, imaginary line, or something substantial like a yoga brick. Choose the intensity that works for you.)