One of the biggest excuses for not working out is that you don’t have enough time. I know, I know, you think if you don’t workout for an hour it’s not worth it. But with enough intensity, you can get great results from a short workout. Maybe you won’t get to every muscle group, and maybe you’ll have to decide between a cardio workout or a strength workout. Even so, at the end of the week if you’ve done three 20 minute workouts, that’s a whole lot better than having tried and failed to set aside an hour or more and not have worked out at all.
Today I have three quick workouts for you to try. There’s a cardio workout, which you can do outside, or on any piece of cardio equipment; a resistance workout for the gym; and a resistance at-home workout you can do anywhere, with NO equipment necessary. All three are super quick – you should get them done in 30 minutes or less.
As always, remember that while I am a certified personal trainer, I am not your personal trainer. Please consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program.
CARDIO INTERVAL WORKOUT
This is an interval workout, which you can do outside walking, running, or biking; or in the gym walking or running on a treadmill, an elliptical, row machine, or stationary bike.
Warm up before starting this, or any strength training workout. You can do any kind of cardio as your warm up – you’re ready when you actually are feeling warm from the increased blood flow.
This workout is super effective because you’re doing compound exercises – combining squats with overhead press, for example. This gives you a 2-in-1 move for the same amount of time it would take you to do one of those exercises separately.
For this workout, try to move between exercises without rest, then rest for 30 seconds at the end of each set of three.
AT-HOME EXPRESS WORKOUT
Combining strength and cardio moves will keep your heart-rate high, making this a great calorie burning workout. Do one set of the warm up and cool down exercises, then try to do the whole circuit with minimal rest between exercises. Rest 1 minute between sets.