If you’re just starting out with a fitness plan, there are many reasons why it makes sense to work out at home. There’s no waiting for equipment, there aren’t any gym bros hogging the weights and you can avoid the feeling of “gymtimidation.” But, even with these perks, getting in a workout on a regular basis may still be a struggle.
Whether it’s family, work, or the dreaded day-to-day to-do list, if you have a limited amount of time to dedicate to exercise, finding a quality routine that will give you a full body workout is crucial. That’s where 20-minute workouts come in!
Although some people think that 20-minute workouts aren’t effective, they can actually be the perfect amount of time for a workout. The short duration gives you a clear timeframe to complete your workout, and the goal-setting element of having a defined set of minutes allows you to focus on your task at hand.
Additionally, because you aren’t working against a clock, you can be more efficient with your exercises. This means that you can work out harder and faster, which increases the overall intensity of your workout and will help you see results in a shorter period of time.
This at-home HIIT workout is designed to strengthen your entire body while also burning fat. It uses a combination of bodyweight exercises as well as exercises that can be performed using a variety of equipment, such as dumbbells or resistance bands. In addition to strengthening the core, thighs, and arms, this routine will also target your heart rate with cardio exercises such as interval sprints.
The first part of the workout is a warm up. You can do this by either walking for five minutes or cycling on a low resistance setting. Once you’ve finished your warm-up, begin the 10 x 30 seconds hard, 30 seconds easy workout. You can repeat this if you’d like, but be sure to take one minute of rest in between each hard and easy cycle.
For the remainder of the workout, you will perform each exercise in the circuit without any breaks. If you want to increase the challenge, you can repeat the circuit three times for a total of 20 minutes of training.
The workout concludes with a cool down. You can do this by walking for five minutes or cycling for a low-intensity spin.
This bodyweight-based workout is a great way to strengthen the core while also building arm strength and improving posture. Performing this workout on a stable surface, such as the floor or a bench, will help to reduce the likelihood of injury. For this exercise, you will perform a series of pushups with a brief rest period between each set. Performing these pushups with the hands at the outside of your shoulders will help you build your strength before attempting standard pushups.
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