Tuesday Topics | My favorite quick workouts

I am linking up with  Kookyrunner and Zenaida  for Tuesday Topics and today we’re talking about our favorite quick workouts. As you know, I am currently attempting a 365 workout streak and that is a bit of a feat, as you don’t really know what your week, month, or year will look like. Some days will be busy and there will only be time for a quick workout to keep the streak going. But the good news is, there are plenty of effective, short workouts that you can choose from on a busy day.


If you’re looking for a short, but effective workout, a quick HIIT Cardio workout will give you the “most bang for your buck time”. HIIT, high-intensity interval training, can also be applied to many different forms of exercise. There are HIIT workouts for running, cycling, strength training, and cardio.


When I am really pressed for time or on days when I just physically don’t feel that great, I usually opt for a 10-15 minute yoga practice. It’s mostly low impact (or it can be, depending on the poses you choose, ha) and it still gets your blood flowing and your body moving for a bit.

Core Workout

I often like to throw a 10-minute core workout into my day. You don’t need any equipment, you can do it almost anywhere, and your abs will be burning from working on that six-pack. Maybe 10 minutes doesn’t seem like a lot, but if you do it regularly, you’ll see the changes. Promise!


And then, of course, there’s also the option of just taking a walk. Don’t underestimate the benefits of just going for a walk around the block. It gets you off the couch and out of your head, so it’s a great short exercise in my book.

I have a repertoire of body exercises that I can draw from anytime, but of course, having jumped on the Peloton bandwagon, I have to mention that the Peloton app offers a ton of short, (10-15-20 minute) workouts that get your heart rate up and your pores sweating, if you need a bit of guidance.

The Peloton App requires a subscription, but there is also the Adidas Training app by Runtastic, which was the first app that I’ve used when I started running (before I got a GPS watch) and which has a ton of free short workout resources.

I’ve also used the  Nike Training Club app quite a bit. They also offer free workout sessions and exercise resources.

And, maybe lesser known, but the JeFit app is also a great resource if you’re looking for a quick list of exercises for specific muscle groups.

Even if on some days, I only do a quick workout for 10-20 minutes, I feel like I did something worthwhile for my body.

What kind of workout do you do when you’re pressed for time?

  1. Totally agree with all the options you have shared. It’s amazing how much you can set during a core workout!

    Thanks for linking up with us this week!

  2. Great resources you are sharing – thank you !!

  3. I like that you added walking, San. It’s a highly underestimated workout.
    The calves are often described as the “second heart” – with every step we take, they push deoxygenated blood back up to the heart and lungs. Walking is so important!

  4. I’m with you…I try to do something everyday, even if it’s just a 1-mile walk. Aren’t HIIT workouts just a great quick fix! They have really changed my fitness life :-) I need to try to sneak in some short ab/core workouts…I forget to do those LOL

  5. My norm is to take Monday completely off from exercise, but lately I’ve been throwing something short in there on that day, and it feels so much better. If I don’t exercise I feel like a slug all day. This Monday I did a Peloton yoga class and it was great! Thanks for all the other suggestions.

  6. I tend to do short workouts (as in 25 minutes) for strength. Yoga can be short or long, sometimes several times a day. Hey, it’s part of why I became a Yoga teacher!

    There are SO many free resources now — it’s wonderful!

  7. So helpful! I hadn’t heard of some of these apps.

  8. For me it’s definitely a walk since it requires no equipment and is so good for my mental health! I also have some quick equipment-free workouts that other bloggers have posted. I have them in a binder organized by type (HIIT, upper body, lower body, core, cardio, etc). So it’s easy to pull out a workout for what I’m looking to accomplish!

  9. I have to check out the nike app. I think it does come with my Apple Watch but I never used it yet. And I agree with the walking part. It is often my go to if I need some movement but feel too tired or exhausted.

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