The Best 10-Minute Workouts For Busy Days

Fitness: Workouts

By: // October 7, 2016

Time is the number one excuse for why people skip their workouts. And trust us, we’ve been there. Your kid (or partner, or dog!) gets sick, you’re late for work, and there are a million chores on your list—and suddenly “working out” needs air quotes because the only workout you’d like to do is bring a margarita and some tortilla chips to your mouth.

But stick with us for a second. Just because you don’t have hours to spend sweating in the gym DOESN’T mean you get a free pass for inactivity for the day. The truth is this:

  • You CAN get a workout done in 10 minutes that is far better than no workout at all—a workout that helps you strength train, gets your heart rate up, or just targets a specific area like abs or arms. Quick, intense workouts are smart.
  • You will almost ALWAYS feel better after a workout. More clear-headed, happier, and more confident. Rare is the person who regrets a workout after it’s done.
  • A 10-minute workout can burn up to 100 calories; tell us that’s not worth it! Every calorie burned can help with energy, weight loss and mood.
  • When it comes to these micro-workouts, keep in mind the cumulative effect of movement throughout the day. Try fitting in three 10-minute workouts and you‘ve got yourself a decent 30-minute workout in for the day. No rules say you have to do it all at once—it’s about the cumulative effect.

Have you dropped the margarita yet? Ok good—we can pick it up later. For now, it’s time to switch into some workout clothes and set your timer for ten minutes—because any of these quick workouts will help you burn calories and build confidence in the process. Click on the 10-minute workout that best suits your mood below and get to it!

10-Minute Workouts For When You Want To….

Blast Fat


Complete with plyometrics like squat jacks and split jumps, this intense routine will get your heart rate up to burn fat and calories—about 100 if you’re performing the routine at a high intensity. You don’t need any equipment for this workout, so you can do it anywhere, at any time—even on the go in your hotel room while traveling.



HIIT is one of the best ways to burn fat because it makes you work harder, not longer, by using high-intensity exercises with periods of brief rest in between. These interval-style workouts are amazing for days when you don’t have a ton of time to spare, but still want to sweat!

Get Your Heart Pumping


Burn fat and build confidence with this Quick Cardio Kickboxing Routine. Chris will guide you through this fast-paced total-body workout that will have you kicking and punching away stress—and calories.

Strength Train


We’ll do you one better than a ten minute workout and give you this seven minute workout that helps you effectively strength train every muscle in your body. From renegade rows to push-ups and squat thrusters, grab those dumbbells and get stronger in less time.

Stay Fit During Pregnancy


Expectant mamas need to stay strong to prepare for the growing babe they’ll soon be carrying everywhere! This 10-minute prenatal strength workout will help you feel strong and ready to take on everything new motherhood will bring.

Work Your Abspilates-core-workout

Only have ten minutes? You still have time to tone your tummy with this 10-Minute Power Pilates Core Workout. Chris will guide you through each move that helps to strengthen your core with moves that target the abs, obliques, and back muscles.

Use Your Resistance Band


If you’re looking to work different muscle groups and mix it up, try this resistance band routine! Alternate simple cardio moves with toning resistance band exercises in this time-effective workout that provides a fun challenge.

So there you have it—a whole list of 10-minute workouts you can keep in your arsenal for busy days when a half hour or hour workout just isn’t an option. Give them a try and let us know what you think!

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on January 20, 2017 at 10:10 AM Reply

Very nice workout, really enjoyed. Definitely will do this again. Much love

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