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Feeling Rushed? 5 Workouts for When You’re Short on Time!


Many people have bought into the myth that every workout needs to be 40 minutes plus in order to be effective, but it’s simply not true. Even 10 minutes of exercise can make a big difference towards achieving your health and fitness goals.

Don’t ditch the workout when you’re short on time – do a shorter workout instead!

Below I’m sharing 5 of my highly effective workouts for when you’re low on time, each depending on your health and fitness goals. Let’s get to it!

#1 If you want to tone & strengthen your upperbody 

Oh yeah, we all love a good upper body workout! And 15 minutes is definitely enough time to feel the burn and get those muscles pumping. This arm and back workout has the added benefit of being a standing workout, so there’s no getting up and down off the floor.

We’ll be working in a drop set format where you’ll complete each exercise 3 x through as follows: Set 1: 40 seconds work/10 seconds rest. Set 2: 30 seconds work/10 seconds rest. Set 3: 20 seconds work/ 10 seconds rest.

Yes, it gets harder as you go, but it’s really going to maximise your time and you’ll love yourself for doing it. 👇

#2 If you want a quick & intense fat burn

We all know how good HIIT is for fat burning, and it’s actually designed for shorter workouts!

To do this full body fat burning workout, grab a set of light weights and get ready to sweat! We’ll be doing 1 circuit and will complete each exercise with 30 seconds work and 10 seconds rest, so you’ll need to keep up the pace! Get ready to punch, lunge, crunch and squat your way to feeling really great and burning those calories. 👇

#3 If you want a fun & sweaty workout you can do anywhere 

Yep, even if you’re traveling or staying at the in-laws’ house during the Christmas break, you can still do this 10 minute quick bodyweight tabata – no equipment needed!

There is 1 circuit that makes up this workout, we’ll complete each exercise for 20 seconds work with 10 seconds rest. Get that blood pumping with some mountain climbers, blast-off push-ups, jump squats and more. There’s even some ab work included, so you’ll feel this all over! 👇

#4 If you want to get lean, strong legs

Strong is sexy! If you want to build up strong, lean legs and a bootylicious butt 🍑, this 15 minute booty and thigh HIIT workout is exactly what you need.

There are 9 exercises to complete in this at-home leg and booty workout with weights, set 1: 20 seconds work/10 seconds rest, Set 2: 30 seconds work/10 seconds rest. Set 3: 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest.

You might be doing the jelly-leg walk after this one! Grab your dumbbells and let’s go!👇

#5 If you want strong, defined abs

Sometimes we just want to give our abs an extra focus, because who doesn’t want strong, defined abs! Not to mention the health benefits of having a strong core.

You can do this 15 minute ab workout anywhere, with no equipment necessary! There is one circuit that makes up this workout. Complete each exercise for 50 seconds work/10 seconds rest before moving onto the next. Yep, it’s intense!

We’ll be doing planks, flutter kicks, crunches and more. Just grab your towel and your water bottle and you’re ready to go.👇

Love these workouts? Make sure you follow me on YouTube so you never miss one of my follow-along workouts, I add new ones each week! You can also sign up to my newsletter to say up-to-date and receive free monthly workout calendars.

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