Too busy to go to the gym? Try these 10-minute workouts instead


(Natural News) Physical exercise is critical to good health. But not everyone has the time and resources to spare for an extensive workout. For those people who want to stay fit but can’t hit the gym or leave the place for too long, these 10-minute workouts will go a long way.

High-intensity interval training hits that short but sweet spot for fitness

If you do not have much spare time on hand, a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) may deliver the biggest bang for your buck.

HIIT calls for brief but powerful bursts of physical activity and even shorter recovery periods — and some practitioners keep moving during the break periods, although at a reduced rate. This workout keeps the heart rate high and burns higher amounts of fat.

One approach to a 10-minute workout features a body-weight HIIT workout plus two minutes of planks. Select four physical exercises — lunges, push-ups, squats, and squat jumps are good candidates.

Do eight reps of each physical exercise and keep each round under 20 seconds. Take a 10-second break between each set. Follow up with a pair of one-minute-long planks with a rest period in between.

The mix of HIIT and planks will give you an energizing shot of adrenaline in the arm. It will also increase your concentration when you return to the task at hand.

You may also save time and effort by doing your workout at home instead of going to the gym. A HIIT workout works well for people who need or prefer to stay at home — for example, parents who have children to watch over.

In addition to body-weight exercises, you may also use simple exercise equipment. A kettlebell, jump rope, or medicine ball goes well with HIIT-style workout sessions. (Related: Start your morning with a great workout – your brain will thank you for it.)