Having four kids ages six and under gives me plenty of excuses not to workout. Believe me, I’ve used them all. Who has time to devote 60 minutes to a cardio workout? And there’s no way I’m gonna carve out time (or fork over the money) to go to a gym.
Which is why I stopped doing long workouts and now enjoy short-burst resistance training in addition to running and stretching. What the heck is that? The short of it is, you work out the major muscles in your body to build lean muscle, which burns fat. Doing it in intense, short bursts does this quickly and efficiently.
I first learned about this kind of training as a tester of the Thrive90 fitness program (which I highly recommend).
Exercising like this makes it so much easier for me to get off my butt and move my body and it even inspired me to create my own 15-minute workout.
It takes only fifteen minutes and I’m able to do it in my small bedroom, even with a baby toddling around me. That means no excuses! Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Squat kicks, 10 with each leg
Squat like you’re going to sit in a chair. I actually squat over my bed when I do this so I know I’m doing it right. Then, alternate between kicking either forward or to the side with each leg.
I’m still working my way up to “real” push-ups, so I do them on my knees. You can alternate between narrow and wide ones, if you so desire. Just make sure your butt isn’t sticking way up in the air.
10 lunges, each leg
I did this first with reverse lunges (is that what they’re called?) where you step back into the lunge and then come back up. Then I did it with regular forward lunges. It doesn’t matter which you do. They both burn.
Sound tough? Yeah, it is. But you can do it. It looks like this. If it’s too difficult, put your knees down, but stay straight. You’ll feel this in your arms and abs.
I don’t have a jump rope so I just hop. I hop 25 times with both feet, 25 with the right, 25 with the left and 25 with both feet again.
Or if you’re done, march in place for a minute or two to cool down. I can do this 3 times in 15 minutes. And boy do I feel it when I’m done.
As you can see, this requires no special workout equipment. I like to lay down my yoga mat for the floor stuff and just wear basic workout clothes with my minimalist shoes. You can see all of my exercise must-haves here.
Be sure you’re not doing this on an empty stomach – having a smoothie beforehand is nice. I tried it on an empty stomach once and ended up fighting off dry heaves about 15 minutes later. Not a good idea. Follow up with a post-workout meal or snack.
I’m not a fitness expert. I’m a busy mom who wants to get healthy, have energy and lose my spare tire. That said, listen to your body. If you can’t do it all the way, don’t. I don’t want you to hurt yourself by pushing too hard. And heed this warning: you may become addicted to how awesome it feels to get stronger and more active.