It’s that time of year when everyone is rushing to get their summer bodies together for bikini weather. Let’s not mention how difficult this is with a full schedule. But what if exercising 10 minutes a day for 5 days a week could get you summertime fine in practically no time?
Well, it’s true!
When you don’t have much time to fit exercise into your schedule, you want to choose a workout that is effect yet fast. That’s what makes high-intensity interval training a go-to for fitness fanatics on a tight schedule.
Many trainers find that even the shortest intervals of HIIT exercises yield the fastest and longest lasting results. Unlike slow and steady jogging or treadmill running, high-energy and intensity cardio exercises can help burn calories fast and speed up your metabolism for up to several hours after working out.
Try this 10-minute high-energy and intensity workout. This regimen is short enough that you can squeeze it into your schedule at any time of day, and intense enough that you’ll feel like you’ve been in the gym for a full hour sweat session.
Jumping Jacks –These babies are a classic PE class throwback with hella fat-burning effects.
Butt Kicks – Butt kicks are a great exercise for toning the lower body while keeping your heart racing. Plus, a swift kick in the rear is always great fitness motivation.
High Knees – Keep your intensity high and your knees even higher because nobody will ever tell you do “low knees.”
Sit Ups with Oblique Twists – You can’t be summertime fine without a killer core. Add some intense sit ups to your regimen because even Drake can endorse a stomach on “flat flat.”
Heisman Shuffle – This tried and true exercise is a favorite of many highly agile athletes, which makes it the perfect exercise for a “trophy body.”
Jump Role – Jumping rope burns more calories than running, and it’s a lot more fun. Note: An actual jump rope is totally optional.
Burpees – Burpees are such a necessary evil, but with so many variations you have plenty of room for progression. Be sure to focus on good form and quick speed.
Complete each exercise in 30-second intervals, taking brief rests between each exercise. Complete the circuit twice. Warm up with a 1-minute treadmill sprint and cool down with a 1-minute stretch session. Keep your core engaged throughout the routine for killer core strength. Keep your energy and intensity level vigorous and increase to maximum energy during the last 15 seconds of each exercise. You can also increase the intensity of your workout by adding dumbbells, a medicine ball, plate weights, ankle weights or even a weighted jump rope.
Get hot for the summer with this 10-minute HIIT workout. Drop some of your favorite HIIT exercises below.