Quick workouts for a busy you

No time? No problem. Maximize your minutes and try these calorie burning and strengthening workouts without hitting the gym.

We’re all time poor these days and despite our good intentions, trying to squeeze a workout into our daily duties can seem impossible.  But you don’t always need a marathon session at the gym to get your heart pumping and your body rocking. From one minute to 30, we’ve found four fab workouts that you can do whenever you have an idle moment.

They may be short, but you’ll be surprised at the fitness perks you’ll be getting from these routines. The best part is: you don’t even need to hit the gym to build strength and get your muscles working.

One minute

This isolation exercise works your larger muscle groups and tightens up your butt at the same time.

The next time you’re making your way from your bedroom to the kitchen, don’t just walk — do lunges up and down the hallway. This isolation exercise works your larger muscle groups and tightens up your butt at the same time.

Head’s up: You’ll be getting a few weird stares from the cat along the way… but hey, it’ll be all worth it. If you’re still trying to perfect your lunge, read our guide to a rockstar lunge.

Five minutes

Plank exercises focus on your obliques, shoulders, back, arms, legs and glutes. (Picture repost from Fitbodyhq.com)

Got five minutes to spare? Try out our five-step plank variations for a power-packed core. Hold each pose for 30 seconds, rest for 30 seconds, then move on to the next pose.

Plank exercises focus on your obliques, shoulders, back, arms, legs and glutes — it’s a total body workout routine.

10 minutes

This high intensity cardio burns around 100 calories in 10 minutes.

If you’re looking for a major calorie burner in just 10 minutes, try jumping rope. This high intensity cardio burns around 100 calories in 10 minutes, boosting blood circulation and building heart strength in the long run. Here are five reasons why you should add skipping into your routine.

If you don’t have a jump rope with you, no worries, you can always play pretend and reap similar benefits. Just run in place and lift your knees high. But make sure you have a good pair of exercise shoes on you.

30 minutes

Try Lauren Conrad’s 30-minute workout routine. (Picture repost from Laurenconrad.com)

You’ll find a whole heap of half-hour workout routines if you search and many consist of burpees, squats and crunches. We’ve found one routine that has all those and some, so you’ll really be packing a punch and maxing your workout minutes.

This one is from Hollywood celeb Lauren Conrad’s book and we’ll be following her 30-minute workout routine thanks to her trainer, Jarett Del Bene. Sumo squats here we come!

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Fitness Inspiration June 4, 2015

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