While most people will tell you that you need at least 30 minutes of continuous exercise to burn a decent amount of fat, I’m here to tell you that you can achieve great results even if you have a lot less free time on your hand. In fact, if you can spare just 10 minutes, there is no reason why you can’t do a lot to shed pounds, get lean, tone up, and feel great.
In this short article, I’ll show you how you can do a 10 minute home workout that will help you melt away the fat. You need to do all of these exercises with no rest until the 10 minutes are over. This is crucial for your results. You can either use a clock to see when you need to switch exercises or use an interval timer like the Gymboss to make it easier for you.
Minutes 1 – 2: Jumping jacks – This is done for warm-up mostly. Jumping jacks are a great way to get your entire body warmed up as they employ your body from head to toe in the movement. Do this with enthusiasm, although I admit that jumping jacks can be a bit boring to do. In two minutes time, you’ll be warmed up and ready to commence the real workout.
Minute 3 – 4: Forward Lunges – Train your legs and push your body hard. To do a lunge simply take a step forward and lower your body straight down. Make sure that your bent knee doesn’t pass the tip of your toes and that you don’t bend it lower then 90 degrees. Each leg should get a minute of lunges. If you’re up to it, take a dumbbell in each hand. Hey, I never said this will be easy.
Minute 5: Burpees – This is a great exercise that will get your heart pumping for sure. To do the burpee you need to go to a low squat, place your palms on the ground in front of you, thrust both legs to a push-up position, do a single push-up. Bring both legs back to the low squat position. Rise and jump high into the air. I know that a push-up may be hard for you to do right now but give it a try, even a partial push-up is better than none. To make this exercise harder, try bringing both knees to your chest when you jump.
Minute 6: Sideways squats – Stand with both legs close together. Take a step to the right with your right foot but still face forward. Your step should be to the side. Squat down until your feel the strain in your inner thighs. Rise, take a step back. Take a step to the left with your left foot. Squat down. Rise and take a step back. Do this fast to get the most squats you can into this minute. If you can hold a dumbbell with both hands in front of you as you’re doing it, go ahead. By now, you’ll be able to feel the sweat pouring and the fat burning away with it.
Minute 7: Running in place knee high – Running in place, fast for a minute isn’t easy by itself. I want you to add to that by running with each step bring your knee high until it’s bent at a 90 degree angle. Even a minute of running like this will tax you, be ready for some effort.
Minute 8: Triceps dips – For this you need to find a table or a couch to use. Turn your back to the table and sit down on the floor beside it. Grab The edge of the table with both hands so that your thumb is on the underside of the table and the rest of the fingers are above it. Lift yourself up so that only your heels are touching the floor. Make sure your hands are about shoulder width a part of a bit more. Lower yourself down toward the floor by bending your elbows. Feel the strain in your triceps. Don’t let your butt touch the ground. Raise yourself back and repeat for a minute.
Minute 9: Squat jumps – This exercise is hard but it’s worth it because it will help you to burn more fat. This is a simple exercise just as it sounds: go into a squat and when you rise just jump into the air. If you want to make it harder for yourself, jump with both knees bent toward your chest.
Minute 10: Jumping jacks – This is somewhat of a cool down after you’ve worked so hard but focus on doing these right until you hear your alarm signal that the 10 minutes are up.
There you go, you have an awesome workout to do in ten minutes to get your to burn fat and get fit. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes for this workout and it’s best to do the jumps on a workout mat. For more ideas for exercises to do at home check out these exercises without weights and create your own workout.