Fitting a workout in can be a challenge for many people. But if being healthy is a priority, fitting one in is a necessity. Exercise is important for overall health, not just weight maintenance, but the prevention of cardiovascular disease, inflammation, cancers, and more. Fortunately, with a little creativity, you can squeeze in a quick workout whenever you have a few minutes.
Here are some simple body-weight moves that can get your heart rate going and tone your muscles with minimal time. Pick three or four, do a few sets, and go on with your day. If you can fit two or three of these mini-workouts in each day, you’ll be well on your way to better health and your desired physique.
Push-ups have stood the test of time in workouts because they are effective and require no equipment. If a full push-up is too hard, start on your knees. The key to effective push-ups is form—maintain a straight line from knees, to butt, to shoulders throughout—it’s like a plank in motion. Aim for 10, then work up to 15, 20, and even 30 per set.