The kids made it to school, you led a fabulous meeting at work and dinner was so tasty, no one guessed it was healthy. Now you want nothing more than your bed. Adding a trip to the gym to your busy schedule seems utterly impossible. Maybe, but staying fit isn’t. A study published in PLOS ONE found short, 10-minute routines including just one minute of high-intensity activity can be just as beneficial as longer workouts.
Short, 10-minute workouts can be just as effective as longer routines.
Get your adrenaline pumping with these quick workouts, perfect for squeezing into busy mom schedules:
- 10-minute routines
Rotate through these 10-minute routines from Parenting.com just three times a week. Even better, you can do them all in the comfort of your own home. You’ll feel stronger and slimmer in weeks from these chair dips, squats, butterfly abs, oblique crunches, push-ups, hip extensions and step-ups.
- Tabata training
This high-intensity, fat-burning miracle training gives you a burst of incredible energy in just five minutes. Pick one cardio activity, such as running, jump rope or burpees, and perform it at maximum intensity for 20 seconds. Take a 10-second rest, then repeat seven times. Yes, you’ll feel like you can’t move at the end of it—but the benefits outweigh 30 minutes on the treadmill. Here’s a video guide from Shape Magazine.
- Cardio + abs
This HIIT workout from Women’s Health combines quick warm-ups with strength series and metabolic conditioning circuits. These fat-blasting, ab-toning moves include dynamic squats, standing band rows, dumbbell thrusters, bicycle crunches and more.
Once these short yet effective workout routines are integrated into your schedule, you’ll feel stronger and more energized during the week. You can also stay mindful of other physical activity during the day, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Always remember to stay hydrated during workouts and throughout the day with fitness water bottles.