From Fitness Trainer Lori Forrester.
Short on time these days? I know I am! With my daughters’ volleyball season starting up and basketball season winding down, I’m finding myself running in all directions after my workday. Some days I really do not have an hour to spend at the gym for myself.It’s so easy to just put it on hold until things settle down. Now I know that won’t work because there is NEVER a good time to workout. I mean really, why do we say, “I didn’t get a chance to workout.” Do our workouts EVER happen by chance? Who has free time anymore (whatever that means)?
So…we all know that exercise is a necessity, not a luxury. This is a whole topic by itself, but I’ll assume you all agree with me on that.
What do you do if you absolutely can’t get to the gym today? Not a problem, you can get a fabulous sweat going right in the middle of your living room or bedroom! I am a huge fan of heavy weight training but on days that I can’t do that, I do a short metabolic workout at home. Usually it is much harder than what I would have done at the gym.
I learned the value in this through doing CrossFit, although they didn’t invent this strategy. Do you have 10-20 minutes? Don’t lie to yourself… of course you do! You may not feel like doing it, but I assure you when it’s over, you will feel better and have more energy to do other things.
Here are a few workouts you can do that should take you no time at all. Give these a shot. You may just find that you actually do have time to workout AND get all your chores and obligations done.
Set your timer for 10 minutes. Do as many rounds as possible (AMAP) of:
- 20 bodyweight squats
- 10 pushups
- 20 sit-ups
Do 3 rounds for time. Set a stopwatch.
- 20 walking lunges
- 20 skaters
- 15 v pushups (hands on floor, up on toes in a v, like downward dog pose)
- 20 mountain climbers
Set your timer for a 12 minute running clock:
- Box jumps (on a step, box, or bench…. whatever you have at home)
- 5 burpees every minute on the minute (EMOM)
Set timer for 3 minutes:
How many burpees can you do in this time? Try to beat it next time.
5 rounds for time: set your stopwatch
- 10 vertical jumps
- 10 pushups
Read more ideas at Lori’s blog Love, Sweat, and Fears.