Do you feel like you never have time to get in a good workout, even when working from home? There are only so many hours in the day and it’s easy to let other tasks take precedence. Despite fitness facilities opening back up, people are still struggling to find time in their busy schedules for a workout. If this sounds like a problem you’re facing, it may be time to switch up your approach to fitness.
Mini Workouts offer the perfect solution. These workouts focus on moving your body in short intervals, whether at home or in the gym, to achieve a complete workout by the end of the day. Reaching your fitness goals doesn’t have to consume your life, these short bursts of activity throughout the day will help you look good and feel good.
A mini workout is a series of movements that only take a few minutes to complete and don’t require you to change clothes or locations. They typically take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes to perform with little to no rest and generally consist of quick cardio sessions, mobility, strength, and HIIT training.
Some examples of cardio variations include going for a walk, stepping on a climber, or enjoying a quick bike ride. For mobility, you can get out your favorite yoga mat and take yourself through a flow and stretch session. For strength, you can grab weights and run through a few movements for a good burn.
Whether you’re working from home or are back in an office, we all struggle with finding time for physical activity. Mini workouts are a great way to get moving without sacrificing a full hour of your day. Those who work a desk job may find them especially helpful to loosen up throughout the day.
Sitting for long periods of time can take a toll on our bodies so it’s important to take active breaks. Mini workouts are the perfect way for you to get your blood flowing, stretch your muscles, and refocus your mind.
You can switch up the types of mini workouts you do throughout the week or even the day. No need for a personal trainer or hours of complex cardio or strength training, mini workouts allow you all of the control without the time commitment.
Absolutely! With mini workouts, you can use all sorts of different exercise equipment including strength machines, cardio machines, resistance bands, and weights. For those who work remotely, there are a wide variety of mini workouts that can be done at home.
For those who are able to make it to a gym, you can use almost any piece of equipment available to you. The idea is that you can do pretty much any movement you’d like, you’ll just be doing that movement for a short period of time sporadically throughout the day.
Important Note: These workouts are suggestions. Please be sure to consult with your doctor before beginning a new workout regime and modify or quit a movement if it is causing discomfort.
|12 each||Lateral Leg Swings||Swing leg across the front of the body, then out and away.|
|12 each||Frontal Leg Swings||Swing leg straight in front of the body and then straight back.|
|12 each||Alternating Side Lunges||Lunge out sideways and then return to starting position, alternating sides.|
|20||Air Squats||No-weight. Place feet shoulder-width apart and squat to a 90-degree angle or slightly below.|
|10||Inchworm Walk-Outs||From a standing position, bend forward and touch the ground. Walk your hands out bringing your body to a plank position. Return to starting position.|
|20 Forward + Reverse||Arm Circles Small to Large||With arms straight out, begin making circles forward starting small and making them larger as you near 20 reps.|
|1 min moderate pace||Palisade Climber|
|30 secs||Squat Drops||Quickly drop into a squat position then return to a standing position. Keep repeating.|
|30 secs||High Knees||Quickly alternate bringing your knees up to your chest height.|
|1 min moderate pace||900 Upright Bike|
|30 secs||Mountain Climbers||Start in plank position and alternate crossing knee to opposite elbow.|
|30 secs||Shoulder Tap w/ Push-up||Start in plank position, touch opposite shoulders then perform a push-up. Can be done from your knees if you’re unable to perform from your feet.|
|30 secs||Break-dancers||Start in bear crawl position. Bring your right leg under and through to the left side and let your hip lightly tap the floor. Bring your left arm up in balance. Alternate sides.|
|30 secs||Spider Push-Ups||As you perform a push-up bring your right knee up to your right elbow. Alternate sides.|
|30 secs||DB Floor Boat Press||Sit on the floor slightly leaning back with a tight core. Hold the dumbbells at your shoulders and press as you are in the slightly leaned position. *Challenge: Raise your feet off the ground while you are performing the presses.|
|30 secs||DB Thrusters||Stand with the dumbbells at your shoulders. Squat down and explode out of the squat while pressing the dumbbells to the sky. Keep repeating.|
|30 secs||DB Reverse Lunge||Stand with the dumbbells at your sides. Lunge backward then return to a standing position. Alternate sides.|
|30 secs||DB Sumo Squat||Stand with the dumbbells in front of your hips. Widen feet outside shoulder-width apart and squat down holding the dumbbells in front of your body throughout the movement.|
|30 secs||DB Curl + Press||Stand with the dumbbells at your sides. Curl them up to your shoulders and then press overhead.|
|45 secs||FUSE 1100 Lat Pulldown Machine|
|45 secs||FUSE 1200 Seated Row Machine|
|Upward Hand Pose|
|Standing Forward Fold Pose|
|Wide Leg Forward Fold Pose – Cross Arms|
|Step Back Left into Lunge – Revolved Side Angle Pose|
|Step Back Right into Lunge – Revolved Side Angle Pose|
|Downward Facing Dog Pose|
|Thread the Needle Left|
|Thread the Needle Right|