Fast Workouts for Busy People

When it comes to scheduling exercise into your calendar, it can often time feel like shoving a puzzle piece where it doesn’t fit.  Understanding exercise is crucial and quite necessary, it can feel frustrating to struggle with actually finding the time to fit it in.  

If carving out an hour to make it to the gym isn’t feasible, there are plenty of ways to fit in a fast workout that still yields results — wherever you are. Prioritizing a few days a week at the gym and the rest of your workouts at home sounds a lot more doable, does it not?  Take the pressure off and find what works for you and your schedule with these fast workouts for busy people — 15 minutes or less, wherever you are.

1. Planking

Planking is a great way to get a lot of exercise done in a short amount of time. When you assume the plank position, you are working out both your arm and your core muscles. While you will only be doing them for a few minutes at a time, you will see the rapid results with this workout.

2. Burpees

Burpees work well as a kind of cardiovascular exercise that also tones muscles. If you’re not sure what a burpee is, it’s simple to explain, but not quite as effortless to do!  You will want to get down on the ground as if you are going to do pushups, do one, and get back up and jump in the air. Repeat this for as many reps as you can.

3. Lunges & Squats

Lunges and squats are both exercises that are very easy to accomplish, and you can get creative with working them into your day.  You can do squats while you brush your teeth morning and night, lunges around the kitchen while dinner is cooking — anytime you are standing still during the day, fit in some squats or lunges to pass the time.

4. Sworkit App

There are tons of in-home workout apps to choose from, and Sworkit is one that I use and adore.  Customize your own HIIT workout, even choosing how long you have to fit an exercise in, and you’ll get a fantastic workout you can do in the comfort of your own home, customized just for you.   

5. Stairs 

Whether you have them in your house or somewhere nearby in your neighborhood, using a staircase to get in some great cardio is a fantastic idea. Run up the stairs, walk down, and repeat.  Get in as many reps as you can, and you will have a heart-pounding workout in 15-minutes or less.

So no matter what workout you do, make sure you pick one that you know that you are going stick to.  Working out really can be fun if you find some methods that you actually enjoy, rather than dread. For example, my absolute favorite type of workout is Jump Squats because of this one movement target lots of big muscles including the belly area!  My least favorite is Burpees?  It really is all about finding what you enjoy.

What’s your favorite type of workout?  Hit reply and let me know, I’m always looking for new ideas.

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