Finding enough time to squeeze in a workout as often as you would like can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. There are thousands of exercises out there that can be done quickly with little to no exercise equipment. Next time you find yourself in a crunch for time, try completing these short workouts that can be completed individually or together for a comprehensive and effective workout:
This classic exercise is easy to complete anywhere. Along with working your leg and arm
muscles, jumping jacks increase your heart rate and get your body into fat-burning mode. If you find yourself sedentary most of the day (at a desk job for example), get up from your desk 2-3times per day and do 10-20 jumping jacks.
Sit-ups are not as easily completed anywhere, but they are quick and effective if completed daily. When you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed, try completing 20-40 sit-ups. Sit-ups are great for working your abs and you don’t have to do them for long before you can start to feel the exercise working your muscles.
Jumping rope is another great cardio exercise. When you don’t have time to run down the road to the gym for an hour to use fitness equipment, purchase a jump rope and jump just a few minutes each day. Jumping rope will increase your heart rate and work the muscles in your arms and legs.
Push-ups, another classic workout, use your own bodyweight to improve the strength in your arms, shoulders, and core. You’ll feel this great exercise very shortly after starting, so it does not take up a lot of your time to complete. Aim for completing 5-10 push-ups each day.
Burpees are a great way to combine both cardio and strengthening exercises. Again, this workout won’t take more than just a few minutes and you will feel its effects almost immediately. This exercise is great to complete in the morning after rising, as it will increase your heart rate and get you ready for the day.