Published on November 4th, 2014 | by Samantha Levine0
The Best 10 Minute Workout You and Your Schedule Will Love
As we start to gear up for the holidays, and all the festivities that they include, one of the most challenging things to do around this busy time is planning time to work out. Whether it’s actually holiday season or not, I personally find this to be a difficult task most days. Scheduling time for oneself can be tricky enough, and after a long day at work, running errands, etc. one of the last things I think about is going to the gym. For those of you busy bees, or perhaps maybe you just dislike working out in public here are some easy 10 minute exercises you can do at home!
Now before I get into it, I want to preface this as the best way to take full advantage of this workout, is to perform these steps in a 10 minute circuit at least three times a week. That being said, let’s get to it!
1. Chair Dips
Sit on the edge of a sturdy chair with your hands next to your hips. While holding onto the chair slide your bottom off the edge of the chair and bend your elbows to 90 degrees. You want to keep your back straight and close to the chair, and then push up. Repeat this 10-12 times.
2. Chair Squats
Much like regular squats, stand in front of a chair with your feet apart (hip distance apart). Lean your chest slightly forward, bend your knees and squat down to the chair as if you’re going to sit. Tap your bottom to the chair and then stand up straight. You want to keep your feet and toes pointed forward. To maintain a better balance out stretch your arms in front of you, and keep your weight in your heels, and knees over your toes. Repeat 10-12 times.
3. Oblique crunches
Take your regular crunches and add a bit of a twist to them! Lie down on your back, and cross your right ankle over the opposite knee. Place your left arm behind your head and lift your left shoulder towards your right knee, then release and lay back down. Repeat this 10-12 times, then switch sides
4. Standing Hip Extension
This exercise works best using a chair or wall to keep your balance. Stand with your feet hip-distance apart. Put your weight on your left foot and extend your right leg behind you. Lift your leg and lower it, while squeezing your butt. Do this 12-15 times, then switch legs.
Extra: After completing your repetitions, follow the same steps and lift your leg and hold for an additional 10-15 seconds, and then lower.
An exercise that will never go out of style! If you don’t have access to stairs, you might want to use a stepping stool, or a sturdy platform. If using a stepstool, to maintain its sturdiness rest one side against a wall. Now place your right foot on top said step/platform and then step up with the left foot. Step down with the left foot first, followed by your right. Make sure your keep your back straight, and not to slouch. Do this 12 times and then switch sides.
Extra: Try adding hand weights to this exercise.