Have you been struggling to workout because you are too busy? Well, whether you are or are not, here is a quick 25 minute workout routine that I love to do when I have less time! I have a degree in Exercise Physiology so I love creating quick workouts for myself, and figured I’d share one with y’all. (I’ve been living in the “south” too long…)
I’m going to be honest though…. I’ve been struggling with my workout routine as of late. I try to work out in the AM because if I don’t it just WILL. NOT. HAPPEN. Like at all. But lately I CAN’T WAKE UP! Guyssss….I swear my spirit animal is a bear. If anyone has any great tips to wake up in the morning I am all ears! (Helllllppppp!)
Anyway, if you feel you don’t have time to exercise remember that it is one of the most important things you can do in your day. It wakes you up, clears your mind, strengthens your body… the positive benefits are endless! I’m sure we can all find at least half an hour in our day to get our body moving! Be sure to plan it in!
For these quick workouts I like to do HIIT (High intensity interval training) because I feel you get the most burn and benefit for the short amount of time. They are difficult, but dang am I proud of myself when I am finished! And you will be too….
This routine should take approx. 25 min. but for a longer/better workout repeat the circuits more than twice each! Be sure you warm up for a couple of minutes prior to the workout, and cool down with some stretches, holding for 30 sec each.
HIIT workout routines are ideal for those mornings where you need something quick! Just remember, keeping your body fit and healthy is one of the most important things you can do, and it will help set the tone for your day. Let me know if you have any questions or if you want more workout routines!
Explanation of exercises
Jump vertically in the air, then place your hands on the ground while in a deep squat position. Hop both legs out into a plank, then hop back in toward your hands and jump again! For a modification step back into the plank instead.
It’s kinda like sitting back into a chair… Be sure that your knees do not go past your toes to keep good form. To activate the glutes and hamstrings more fully drop below 90 then squeeze them as you stand up.
With your arms about shoulder width apart, and under you shoulders, move in a downward motion while engaging the core to keep your body in straight line. Your knees, hips, shoulders & ears should be in line. I’m working on not collapsing my lower back as I do this…
Lay face up on the ground with the arms extended overhead. Engaging the core, create a V by pulling one leg up while contracting the abs and bringing your torso off of the ground.
I prefer these over forward lunges because they can put less strain on the knee. Step back a fair amount and then bend both knees to about a 90 degree angle. Be sure to step out far enough that you are keeping that forward knee over the ankle. Don’t go over the toes people!
This one doesn’t need much explanation, and it is really difficult to get a picture of it haha. Be sure to tighten your core and keep your glutes tight so you don’t look like a floppy fish. I’m working on that one too…… 🙂
With arms about shoulder width apart on a chair or step, drop down until your arms reach about 90 degrees to activate the triceps more fully. (I know this picture looks like I’m sitting on the ground, but I’m not!)
I added this one for a core workout and to activate the “pulling muscles” of the upper back! Start in plank position, (ears, shoulders, hips and ankles should align), then pull one weight toward your chest in the rowing position. Alternate.