Are you short on time but still want to get some fitness done? Then try this workout, which will work your chest, back, legs and abs!
The Time Problem
Lack of time is one of the top reasons I hear why people don’t work out. They live under the impression that exercise is only really exercise when done in long, devoted sessions somewhere this side of showing the same dedication as a Shaolin monk searching for the one true path.
Not so. Every little bit helps. When we organize what you do a bit, you can get a full body workout under your belt in no time at all.
The Ten Minute Workout
Ok, not really no time. We need ten minutes to do this:
|1 set of push-ups, 6 – 15 repetitions.
|Push-ups work your chest, triceps and shoulders. Check this video on how they are done and how you can adjust them to your current strength level.
|1 set (per arm) of dumbbell rows, 6 – 15 repetitions.
|Dumbbell rows are a great exercise for your back. If you don’t have a dumbbell, you use a milk gallon or bottle as weight. If you want something more challenging, try pull-ups for beginners.
|1 set of lunges, 6 – 15 repetitions.
|Lunges work your leg muscles and I explained them here. Get a feel for the exercise by doing it body only. Like the dumbbell rows you can later make it more difficult with improvised weights.
|1 set of crunches, 6 – 15 repetitions.
|I probably don’t have to explain this one, but here is a video on it. Make sure to not pull on your head!
The secret of this workout is that it’s a circuit style training, “circuit” meaning you do one set of each exercise in a workout program.
This makes them great for anyone not able to devote an entire hour to a workout session, because you can adjust the time spent on a single session. Only got ten minutes? Do a single circuit. Got up a little earlier this morning and find yourself with a whopping twenty minutes to spare? Do two! Have ten minutes in the morning and ten in the afternoon? Do one circuit each.
When Is It Enough?
If you manage to do three circuits on more than two to three days per week, that’s enough. If you manage a single round per day, try to do it for five days per week.