Who Says You Need More Than 10 Minutes To Get A Good Workout?
I’ve reviewed seven 10 minute no excuses workouts for you.The best part is they are all free!
In the summer it seems like the pace should slow down, but for most people it picks up. Between the graduation parties, outdoor barbecues, kid’s softball games and yard work, do you find it even harder to find the time to work out?
If you don’t have an hour to dedicate to exercise, there’s a lot to be said for a 10 minute workout. Tony Horton kicked off his career with them and dispelled the myth that if you don’t have at least an hour to spend you’re wasting your time.
Short workouts are a good pick-me-up because they raise your metabolism. Plus you can burn a decent amount of calories, define some muscle and use them to stay motivated until you have more time.
Check out the links to the seven effective, 10 minute workouts on YouTube that I’ve reviewed just for you. You can mix and match them and do a different one every day. Let me know which one you like the best.
10 Minute Workout for Arms and Legs with Sadie Lincoln. This workout covers all major muscle groups in ten minutes and uses a set of light dumbbells. Sadie is the founder of the Barre 3 and this workout incorporates some of the barre moves minus the bar. Don’t underestimate this workout. You’d be surprised how the muscle fatigue kicks in before you’re done. The link to the video is here.
Tracy Iron Man 2 Workout for Gwenyth Paltrow. This workout won’t be for everyone, but I wanted to include it because it would certainly get the job done in 10 minutes. The Tracy Anderson method is based on doing a lot of reps – 20 to 40 – for each exercise. Several of the positions are tricky so proper form is critical. If some of the moves are too advanced – for example the side plank on one arm, and headstand – be sure to modify as needed. Tracy is a well-known personal trainer of the stars and has several more short workouts for arms, legs and abs on YouTube. Check it out here.
Yoga For Dummies – This program has been around for awhile but I still love this yoga workout! If you haven’t done yoga before, Yoga For Dummies Part One will get you started with 12 basic yoga poses. Yoga isn’t just good for meditation. Studies have shown that yoga improves strength, stamina and flexibility and can help prevent injuries in runners and other athletes. Once you’ve completed the first video you can go through the entire series – five workouts total – each about 10 minutes in length. Click here for Yoga for Dummies Part One.
Fat Blasting 10-Minute Workout Video With Jeanette Jenkins – This is a tough and effective 10 minute interval workout. Jeanette takes you through five intense exercises including a burpee-push-up combo that adds a shuffle and jump, and 25 reps of a front kick two-hand touch down move that pushes the heart rate over the top. She uses a set of what looks like five pound dumbbells so have a pair handy. This workout is brought to you by Popsugar. They have a series of workouts on YouTube for you to try. The Fat Blasting link is here.
ThinQ 10 Minute Ab Workout – Total focus is on core work in this video that starts out with basic ab curls and progresses to more advanced compound moves that incorporates more lower ab and oblique, and finally total core. ThinQ Fitness has a web site that has tons of workouts and their YouTube channel has several 10 minute workouts that you can try. For longer workouts and more variety, you can subscribe to their site, which in my opinion is the answer to Exercise TV. A monthly subscription is only $5 a month. Check out the Ab Workout here.
Cardio Booster Workout by BeFit in 90. – Here’s another quick workout that will get your heart rate up with some basic moves in 10 minutes. This workout uses sports drills – jumping jacks, running mans, squats with knee lifts and squat jumps. These moves can be modified to take up or bring down the intensity. The Cardio Booster by Be Fit is here.
Dirty Dancing “Yes” Workout – If you like to dance you can have fun and get your heart rate up with this 10 minute workout and won’t have to do the dreaded burpees or jumping jacks found in the Cardio Booster. The instructor does a good job of teaching the moves and does add-ons so by the time the 10 minutes is up you’re moving at a good pace. A word of caution. The teacher is in high heels. I recommend tennis shoes. There’s no reason to risk a foot or ankle injury. Get started on your dance workout here.
Everybody Has Ten Minutes
Remember, research has been done that shows that ten minutes of brisk exercise triggers metabolic changes that last for at least an hour and can help prevent heart and other diseases. You don’t have to have an hour or a gym membership to get or stay in shape.
Do one of these workouts every day (Monday through Friday). Mix and match them or find your favorite and stick with it for a full week. Or, if you have 20 minutes, pair two of them like the Cardio Booster and the ThinQ Ab Workout. You’ll notice a definite improvement in your fitness level in no time at all.
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