When life gets busy, it can put a strain on your fitness — driving to the gym, working out for an hour and driving back home just isn’t possible. Instead of skipping exercise altogether, take just 10 minutes out of your day to do an effective workout and help you feel a lot better.
The truth is you can actually get a great workout in a short amount of time! But it has to be done correctly: You need the right exercises with the right format to crank up your metabolism, boost your fat loss and build lean muscle.
Try this simple 10-minute workout that requires absolutely no equipment.
Set a timer for 10 minutes and repeat this circuit as many times as possible without resting.
1. REVERSE LUNGES, 6 REPS PER SIDE
Reverse lunges help strengthen your thighs and hips. They’re simple and target each leg individually for more balance and stability.
The move: Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Take a long step back — so your knees make two 90-degree angles at the bottom — and pull yourself back up with your forward leg. Start with dumbbells and advance to a barbell in either the back squat or front squat position.
2. LATERAL SPLIT SQUATS, 6 REPS PER SIDE
By doing your squats side-to-side, you can build more strength in each leg than with regular squats while also targeting different muscles.
The move: Start with a very wide stance and your feet straight. Sit back into one hip and push that knee out. Repeat on the other side.
3. PUSHUPS, 10 REPS
This is the best bodyweight exercise for your upper body: It builds a strong chest, shoulders, arms and abs.
The move: Get in a pushup position with your hands about shoulder-width apart. Keep your lower back flat and don’t let your hips sag. Lower yourself and keep your elbows close to your body as you descend.
4. HIP BRIDGES, 10 REPS
Want strong legs and a nice-looking backside? Look no further than hip bridges! They’re a simple way to strengthen your glutes and can even help release lower-back tension.
The move: Lie on the ground with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Drive through your heels and squeeze your glutes to push your hips up. Repeat. Do not use your lower back to pull yourself up.
5. MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS, 30 SECONDS
Spike your heart rate, burn extra calories and fire up your metabolism with this great cardio exercise. It looks simple, but in just a few seconds, you’ll feel it!
The move: Get into a pushup position. Keep your core tight and run as fast as you can while driving your knees to your chest. Don’t let your hips rise; keep them at the same height as when you started.