4 Great Workouts For Any Schedule

When my schedule gets packed with obligations, my workouts often get pushed off of my To Do list. I used to think that I needed to spend at least an hour at the gym to get a good workout, but I’ve learned that devoting just a little time can still reap big benefits. In fact, some of my favorite workouts are just 10 minutes long! Here are four heart-pumping workouts to help you get fit fast!

You have 30 minutes

Nedd to quickly get in and out of the gym? Here’s an awesome running workout that I love to use when I’m crunched for time. By the end of 30 minutes, I’m always exhausted and drenched in sweat. If done as written, you’ll cover 3.35 miles in 30 minutes.

30-Minute Quickie Treadmill Run

Incline 1%

  • 00:00 – 05:00: 6.3 mph
  • 05:00 – 07:00: 6.5 mph
  • 07:00 – 09:00: 6.6 mph
  • 09:00 – 11:00: 6.7 mph
  • 11:00 – 16:00: 6.8 mph
  • 16:00 – 21:00: 6.5 mph
  • 21:00 – 22:00: 6.7 mph
  • 22:00 – 23:00: 7.5 mph
  • 23:00 – 24:00: 6.5 mph
  • 24:00 – 25:00: 7.5 mph
  • 25:00 – 26:00: 6.5 mph
  • 26:00 – 27:00: 7.5 mph
  • 27:00 – 29:00: 6.5 mph
  • 29:00 – 30:00: 6.3 mph

You have 20 minutes

Ever heard of a Tabata workout? They’re a great way to maximize your workout if you’re crunched for time. A Tabata workout is interval training of 20 seconds of maximum intensity exercise, followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated 8 times for a total of four minutes.

For this workout, the total time, including warm-up and cool-down, is just 20 minutes, but it will definitely challenge you! Instead of fiddling around and adjusting the speeds on the treadmill during the Tabata, I set it for 9.5 and then just hopped on and off as needed. For the 10-second rests, I stood with one foot on each side of the treadmill, and when it was time to run again, I held onto the rails and (carefully) started running at 9.5 again. It worked out really well.

You have 15 minutes

Only have 15 minutes? No problem! Clear some space, turn on some tunes, and get to work with this quickie, no-equipment-required workout. In 15 minutes or less, you’ll complete 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, and 100 squats. How’s that for a workout?!

Do 10 sets of the following exercises as fast as you can:

  • 10 Push-ups
  • 10 Sit-ups
  • 10 Squats

You have 10 minutes

Ten minutes might not seem like a lot of time, but if you do this workout three times in one day, you’ll manage 30 minutes of activity. All of those minutes really add up!

Start with one minute of brisk walking then run for one minute. Repeat this cycle four times.

You can also do this workout on the elliptical, arc-trainer, or recumbent bike. Just pick up your pace for every other minute for 10 minutes!

Tina Haupert
Carrots ‘N’ Cake
Columnist, Health.com
Twitter: @carrotsncake