Confession: If it weren’t for quick workouts, I’d easily be the unhealthiest health writer ever.
What I love about them isn’t just how they’re over before they start, but they really pack a punch – and studies have shown that a short burst of intense exercise can boost metabolism for the entire day, compared to a slow-and-steady workout.
Plus, we all have problem areas we feel need a little more attention than the rest of our bod – quick workouts offer a concentrated effort on those areas without throwing our usual workout routine into disarray. No matter how busy you are, no matter how many obligations dig into your timecard, there are plenty of quick workouts you can choose from to keep yourself in tip-top shape.
And if you want to kick your quick workouts up a notch, take your favorite moves and create your very own fat-burning Tabata workout.
Tabata workouts include 20 seconds of high-intensity exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest. (This is considered one rep.) The key is to go as fast as your body will allow. For example, with any of the workout videos below, do the first move as many times as you can in 20 seconds, take a 10 second break, then move onto the next move and repeat the pattern. Typical tabatas are lightning-fast, consisting of eight intervals in four minutes. (Oh. Em. Gee.)
Here are 7 of my favorite quick workouts. Trust me, you’ll love ’em:
Problem Area #1: Abs
Problem Area #2: Posture
Problem Area #3: Bra Bulge
Problem Area #4: Arms
Problem Area #5: Legs
Problem Area #6: Booty
Problem Area #7: Muffin Top
What are your favorite quick workouts?
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