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When it comes to scheduling exercise into your calendar, it can often time feel like shoving a puzzle piece where it doesn’t fit.  Understanding exercise is crucial and quite necessary, it can feel frustrating to struggle with actually finding the time to fit it in.

If carving out an hour to make it to the gym isn’t feasible, there are plenty of ways to fit in a fast workout that still yields results — wherever you are. Prioritizing a few days a week at the gym and the rest of your workouts at home sounds a lot more doable, does it not?

Take the pressure off and find what works for you and your schedule with these fast workouts for busy people — 15 minutes or less, wherever you are.

Fast Workouts for Busy People

#1: Planks

Planking is a great way to get a lot of exercise done in a short amount of time.  When you assume the plank position, you are working out both your arm and your core muscles.

While you will only be doing them for a few minutes at a time, you will see the rapid results with this workout.

Whether you’re just starting out planking or you can already hold a solid plank for a good length of time, my 30-Day Plank Challenge can be a great way to slowly increase how long you can hold a plank. It also gives guidance on how to perform a proper plank.

Click here to see the 30 Day Plank Challenge – Small Steps To A Stronger You

30 Day Plank Challenge

#2: Burpees

Burpees work well as a kind of cardiovascular exercise that also tones muscles. If you’re not sure what a burpee is, it’s simple to explain, but not quite as effortless to do!

You will want to get down on the ground as if you are going to do pushups, do one, and get back up and jump in the air.  Repeat this for as many reps as you can.

#3: Lunges & Squats

Lunges and squats are both exercises that are very easy to accomplish, and you can get creative with working them into your day. You can do squats while you brush your teeth morning and night or lunges around the kitchen while dinner is cooking.

Anytime you are standing still during the day, fit in some squats or lunges to pass the time.

If you want a plan to follow to strengthen those leg muscles, try my 30 Day Squat Challenge. It goes over how to perform a proper squat and gives options if you want to try different forms of squatting like the sumo squat.

Click here to see the 30 Day Squat Challenge – Small Steps To A Stronger You

30 Day Squat Challenge

#4: Jogging in Place

Jogging in place is another way to easily get your heart pumping. You don’t need to wait for good weather to do it, which means even if it’s raining, snowing or too hot out, you can still burn calories jogging in place indoors.

You control your pace and can quickly go anywhere from walking in place to a light jog or even running in place. It’s easier than if you were on a treadmill where you’d have to press buttons as you’re moving or follow a set course.

If you have a competitive streak, you can participate in a Step Challenge, where jogging in place can help you get your steps. It can be fun to grab a few friends to do a challenge with you.

Related Article: Top Tips To Win a Step Challenge And Increase Daily Steps

#5: Stairs

Whether you have them in your house or somewhere nearby in your neighborhood, using a staircase to get in some great cardio is a fantastic idea. Run up the stairs, walk down, and repeat.  Get in as many reps as you can, and you will have a heart-pounding workout in 15 minutes or less.

Pick One You Enjoy

So no matter what workout you do, make sure you pick one that you know that you are going stick to. Working out really can be fun if you find some methods that you actually enjoy, rather than dread.

For example, my absolute favorite type of workout is HIIT.  My least favorite is running.  It really is all about finding what you enjoy.

But if you want to start working out at home with some simple sessions, take a look at the best under-desk exercise bikes or our top picks for the best mini steppers for home use.

How About You?

What’s your favorite type of workout?  Let me know in the comments below, I’m always looking for new ideas.

emma lynn

Hi, I’m Emma Lynn

I’m a proud mother of two wonderful children and a wife to a loving, affectionate husband. I enjoy exercise – yoga (yes, I teach yoga as well), running, and going to different fitness classes from time to time.

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