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If 10 Minutes Is All You Have to Exercise
A common complaint that most women have is that they just don’t have the time to exercise. They’ve to juggle their careers, keep an eye on their children, keep an eye on their hubby… it all takes up time. Exercise ends up as an afterthought. A common misconception that most people have is that exercise needs to be done for an hour for it to be effective. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, shorter and more intense workouts are far more effective than long ones. You can’t possibly be exercising for 45 minutes at maximum capacity. Most women are not triathletes or Navy SEALs. A short 10 to 15 minute workout done early in the day will work miracles. This type of workout is known as HIIT… High Intensity Interval Training. Here’s the kicker. You can even do a HIIT workout in one spot and still sweat like crazy. For example, let’s look at this workout circuit. Sit Ups – 45 seconds Burpees – 45 seconds Jump Squats – 45 seconds Push Ups – 45 seconds High Knees – 45 seconds Jumping Jacks – 45 seconds Burpees – 45 seconds Alternating Lung Jumps – 45 seconds Sit ups – 45 seconds Push Ups – 45 seconds Each exercise will have 15 seconds of rest before you move on to the next. You could do this workout in a cubicle. It takes up that little space… BUT… most people will not be able to even make it to the 9th exercise. Why? Because of the intensity. You need to go as hard as you can go. There is no taking it easy. If all you have is 10 minutes, then it MUST be a hard 10 minutes. The good news is that this is just 10 minutes. You’ll be in the ‘hurt box’ during this time but you need to keep telling yourself… “It’s only 10 minutes! I can do this.” You could complete a workout within a commercial break. It’s that fast. If you do this workout early in the day, your body will be in fat burning mode throughout the day because of the intensity. It creates a situation in your body known as post-exercise oxygen consumption. That means your body will be burning calories at an accelerated rate for 10 to even 14 hours after your workout is over. It’s amazing what just 10 minutes can do. The reason you do it early in the day is because your metabolism drops the moment you go to bed. By completing your training early in the day, you’ll reap maximum rewards. It’s also worth noting that it’s best that you make these short workouts full body workouts. Do compound movements such as squats, jumps pushups, etc. By recruiting as many muscles in your body as you can, you’ll be ensuring that your workout is engaging the whole body. Don’t just try to wing it with simple exercises such as dumbbell curls and call it a day. All you have is 10 minutes. You have to make it count. Even 3 of these short workouts a week will transform your body within a month. Go ahead and give them a try. You will be amazed.