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.
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?