Fitness

Ten Minute Workouts We All Can Manage

January 21st, 2014 by

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You know the reason why most workouts don’t work? Because you don’t have time to do them! You might just have all the will in the world to exercise, but if there’s no way to fit it in around your day’s busy schedule, you simply won’t do it.

When there isn’t a window for a full blown workout, but you know you need to move, why not try one of these super effective workouts which require a 10 minute slot of your precious time…

Get up 10 minutes earlier or quickly hop off on your lunch break for some honing toning action.

Here we go…

SKIP! All you need is a skipping rope, some trainers, a little outdoor space – jump to it! You can torch between 100-200 calories in ten minutes if you jump rope at a consistent fast pace. And you’ll be blasting calories at an increased pace well after your ten minute stint is up, as your muscles will be in shock!

Run the stairs! – Run up and down your stairs for 10 minutes. Or if you want to mix it up a bit, run up and down for 5 minutes and then sit on the bottom step and lift your body weight with your arms – up and down for 5 minutes, holding each repetition for 10 seconds.

Try 10 minutes of jumping jacks (star jumps). They provide a great cardio blast of exercise and tone your legs and thighs, as well as giving you an all body workout.

Push ups are great as a quick burst of exercise as you require zero equipment and they can be done anywhere. Start with a plank – keep your back straight and heels up, concentrate on forming a straight line with your body. Push up strongly and steadily, keeping your core engaged at all times. Put all of your energy into these bursts of activity to get the absolute most out of them.

Side planks – Lie on your side and create a plank pose on just one arm and leg, and do side push ups on each side for 5 minutes. You can also  do side plank pulses – keeping your body in the air and pulsing up and down whilst poised in the air, using only a range of about 2 inches at the top of the movement. You will use your oblique muscles and lower leg and thigh muscles as well as the lower arm on each side – a great overall workout which focuses on trimming the thighs and waist.

Jumping Jack Squats – Perform 10 minutes of jumping jacks with a twist – Each time you finish your jump, squat down as low as possible and then spring up and jump again. Concentrate on completing each motion as strongly as possible and work on building the pace as you go.

High knee lifts – Lift your knees on the spot as if you were keeping a football in the air using only your knees. This is fantastic exercise on your thighs, buttocks and legs, as well as a burst of cardio.

Mix up these exercises for a bumper 10 minute calorie cruncher! You’ll be burning fuel way past the 10 minutes are up!

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