It seems like everyone’s busier in the fall. With classes starting or work picking up, September is a crazy month. A workout may seem like the last thing you have time for, but it’s essential for your physical and mental health. Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you must deprive your body of the many benefits of exercise – some of the best workouts happen to be the shortest. If you can’t make it to the gym or even leave your house, try an intense 10 minute workout to release stored up energy, burn a few calories and tone your body:
Short, repetitive workouts are perfect when you don’t have time (or even as additions to a cardio routine). As Many Rounds As Possible (AMRAP) workouts are popular in Crossfit routines because they get your heart rate up quickly and elevate your metabolism post-workout. The point is to repeat a set as many times as possible (without compromising form) within a certain timeframe. It’s completely customizable; you can replace one move for another if it works better for you – just target specific areas you want to improve, like your legs or core.
Here’s an example of an AMRAP workout that can be done in 10 minutes – after doing a few stretches, of course.
10 Body Weight Squats
10 Crunches (try a different type of crunch for each set)
10 Burpees (here’s how to do a basic burpee)
10 Jumping Jacks
Directions: Go through the list as many times as possible within 10 minutes. Make sure you know how to (and can) do each part to avoid injuries and ensure proper form. If you’re a beginner, make sure to work yourself up to it by starting off with a less strenuous routine or smaller timeframe – tweak it to fit your needs! You can log improvements over time by tracking the amount of rounds you do. Once you start to breeze through those 10 minutes, it’s time to up the intensity!
What’s your favorite workout? Let me know in the comments!