While ideally everyone should strive to work out at least thirty minutes per day (60 for kids), we at CoachUp understand that's not always possible due to the busy schedules many families have to juggle. Even though you may not have time to get a full workout in at the gym or go on that long run, we believe everyone can benefit from a quick 10-minute sweat session. And when we say everyone, we mean everyone—parents and kids alike. The best thing about this kind of workout is that it can be done anywhere, anytime; first thing in the morning in your bedroom, during your lunch break at work or after dinner in your yard.
It may not seem like a lot of time, but being active for just 10 minutes elevates your blood pressure enough to fire up your metabolism and burn calories. Vigorous activity also releases endorphins (putting you in a good mood) and strengthens your heart, bones and lungs. Ever wonder why you usually end a workout with a smile?
Many people think that in order to get in shape they have to participate in long, grueling workouts every day. However, that's not the case. Quick workouts in conjunction with long workouts are actually proven to be just as effective. Studies show that short sessions of high-intensity interval training can efficiently and effectively get you into shape.
If you want to focus on improving your flexibility, here are a few stretches that can be incorporated into any workout that take less than five minutes to complete. Want to work on your abs, too? Check out this tutorial on a 10-minute crunchless ab workout or this one on a five-minute plank series.
Looking for other ideas to build out your workout? Check out the list below:
- Plank Up-Downs
- Standing Straight Leg Raises
- Sumo Walks
- Stretch Cord Catch Drill
- Heel Drops
Next time you think about skipping a workout, remember: it only takes 10 minutes to give your body the exercise it needs. If you're looking for more ideas on how to execute a speedy workout, check out CoachUp Nation.
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