If you've got 10 minutes, you've got a workout.
That's the consensus among exercise researchers, who are finding full benefits from abridged workout circuits.
In fact, some research has suggested that a short blast of intense exercise can boost metabolism for the entire day more effectively than a workout that's slow and steady. And other doctors stress that a regular exercise practice, even if it's just 10 minutes, can have a lasting impact on heart health and mental acuity, NPR reports.
But not all 10-minute routines are created equal, so we asked some of our go-to fitness experts to create short programs just for you. Here are a few different takes -- from a bodyweight conditioning circuit to a yoga program.
Complete the following three times through:
- 50 jumping jacks
- 15 body weight squats
- 15 push-ups or knee push-ups
- 15 reverse lunges per side
- 15 dips (using chair, bench or other elevated surface)
Kristin McGee, Celebrity Yoga and Pilates Instructor:
Joe Dowdell, CSCS, Founder & CEO of Peak Performance gym:
Do the following circuit three times (and see below for a photo guide):
- 10-12 DB Goblet Squats
- AMRAP ("As Many Reps As Possible") Push Ups
- 10-12 Romanian DB Deadlifts
- 10-12 Chin Ups (band assisted if necessary)
- 10-12 Standing DB Push Press
- 30 second Prone Plank