10, 15, and 20-Minute Workouts You Can do at Home
By Ali Struhs
You’ve made the commitment to lose weight, you’re eating right, and now you just need to get moving! Jenny Craig recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week (for example, 30 minutes, 5 times each week). With work, school, getting the kids from here to there, cooking dinner, and everything else in between, we get it: hitting the gym every day is just not doable for every schedule. But you can split up your time into shorter workouts. Here are 10, 15, and 20-minute workout ideas you can do at home.
Feeling stiff after you wake up in the morning? Make it a routine to roll out of bed and stretch away your stiff muscles. Breathe deeply, take in the morning sunshine, and perform your favorite yoga poses. To improve balance and flexibility and help relieve stress, try simple yoga positions, like downward dog, warrior, and child’s pose.
TV Watching Workout
There’s about 10 minutes worth of advertising during a 30-minute TV show, so make a most of the commercial breaks and get moving. While you’re watching your favorite show, complete wall sits, planks, crunches, and push ups during the commercials.
Whether it’s the kitchen or the living room, crank up the tunes and have a dance party right there. Get the whole family involved in creating a daily dance playlist. You’ll love getting your heart rate up to your favorite songs while you move and groove with your family. Dancing helps relieves stress, strengthens your core, and burns major calories. You’ll probably have a good laugh with your kids, too.
While you’re making dinner, squeeze in simple calisthenics. Try squats while stirring soup, lunges across the kitchen while the vegetables microwave, chair dips from the dining table chairs to strengthen your triceps, and jog in place while you’re waiting for your meal to heat up.
Online workout videos
In just 20 minutes, you can get your heart pumping and your muscles aching with an at-home workout that doesn’t require any special equipment. YouTube is full of free, all-level workout videos; build a playlist with a variety of 20-minute yoga, cardio, ab or HIIT workouts.
Walk the dog
Walking is an exercise both you and your furry pal can benefit from! Spend 20 minutes and take a nightly brisk walk around the neighborhood with the dog. Even if it’s chilly outside, bundle up and enjoy the fresh, crisp air. You’ll burn calories and relieve stress, while bonding with your hairiest family member. Fido will be happy, too.