No Excuses: The 30 Minute Workout

It’s one of the oldest excuses in the book – I don’t have time to exercise.  But what if there was a 30 minute workout that accomplished more than an hour of cardio at the gym?  Most people want to exercise more but find it difficult to make the time to do it.  Now it’s time to get rid of the excuses and get in shape.  You can get in a great workout in the same time it takes to watch 1 episode of 2 Broke Girls.  So grab a pair of sneakers and check out some of the best ways to exercise in 30 minutes or less.

30 minute workout

Introducing High Intensity Circuit Training

High Intensity Circuit Training (HICT) workouts are designed to be the most effective use of your time.  These high intensity workout typically last anywhere for 5 – 20 minutes and involve continuous circuit training.  This means you will perform a series of exercises for a set amount of time each (for example: 5 exercises in 5 minutes, short break, repeat 2 – 3 times)

By combining cardio and strength training that incorporates multiple areas of the body, you are able to get a full body workout in less time than you would normally spend at the gym.  This type of exercise combination can also increase weight loss results over exercises that are strictly cardio.  Not only can you get a full workout in under 30 minutes, most of the exercises typically included require no equipment.  If equipment is needed, it is usually a pair of free weights.  This means you can do the workout anywhere, at any time.

There are countless workouts that fit these parameters available online, most for no cost.

Here are 5 workouts that will help you get rid of the excuses and get in shape.

The 7 Minute Workout

This workout requires no equipment and each circuit takes 7 minutes to complete.  It is recommended that you complete at least 3 circuits per workout.

10 Minutes No Equipment Fat Burning Circuit

This workout requires no equipment and each circuit includes 5 exercises.  The circuit can be repeated multiple times for optimal effectiveness.

30 Minute Workout to Burn Calories

This is an excellent full body 30 minute workout that only requires a pair of free weights.

POP Pilates: Intense Ab Workout (10 minutes)

This workout focuses entirely on abs and is a great option to add to the end of another circuit workout.  No equipment required, although a yoga mat in recommended.

If the thought of spending over an hour at the gym makes you cringe and you can’t imagine finding the time to do it, don’t worry.  Using short, high intensity workouts, you can still find time to fit exercise into your daily schedule without sacrificing much else. A better, healthier life is standing right in front of you! Now that you know about these easy exercise routines, it’s time to get off that chair and get moving!