Some days (or perhaps every day), you only have 10 minutes to spare for working out or practicing yoga. But if you are wondering if those 10 minutes are even worth it, the answer is yes – they certainly are.
We know that squeezing a workout into super busy days can be difficult, but not doing so will leave you feeling guilty and will prevent you from enjoying all the perks that come with it. Plus, any workout is better than no workout at all. Even a short physical activity will do your body and mind some good.
In fact, there are many compelling reasons to make the most out of that 10-minute sweat session such as improved sleep, lower blood pressure, and reduced stress and anxiety.
If you are looking for a solid yet short workout routine for your busiest days, here are some exercises you can try.
Have you got a lot of energy but not so much time? Try weight lifting exercises like squats, Romanian deadlifts and overhead presses. These compound exercises target different muscles at the same time and by the end of your session, you would have awoken every muscle in your body. Perhaps also include some supersets like bench press and bent-over rows as they are very efficient in strengthening the body in a short time.
Go for a jog
To get your energy up in no time, go for a short but powerful jog around the block or in a park nearby. It is as simple as that! Running has wonderful benefits for both the body and mind, and a quick run will also instantly lift your spirit.
There is nothing like a balanced 10-minute yoga practice. Start with Child’s pose for grounding and taking your mind off work or chores. Try mobility-improving poses such as cat-cow followed by a couple of rounds of rhythmic sun salutations. Finish with hip opening asana like Lizard or Malasana. These poses will help you relax, breathe, and feel refreshed.
Stretch and walk
Your workout does not always have to be hardcore to benefit you. A simple stretching session followed by a nice walk in the sun will make all the difference. You can start with spinal rolls, hip circles, cobra stretch, and knees-to-chest. These exercises will loosen up your whole body and release any accumulated stress. Finish this calming session off with a brisk 5min walk outside to improve your mood and make any stiff joints more flexible.