A 10 minute workout boosts your metabolism and keeps it at a higher rate for a longer time. But to get the greatest effect from a short exercise session, you have to maximize the intensity.
You can do the 5 exercises listed below at home as no special equipment is needed. Perform three sets of each exercise and take a short 30 second break between each set.
Do 50 Jumping Jacks
From a standing posture, place your arms by your side and legs together, like a solider standing to attention. Then jump up and spread your legs to shoulder-width apart and simultaneously bring your arms up above your head and clap your hands together. Then jump back to the starting position. Do this 50 times.
Do 15 Squats
Begin by standing up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart and arms extended out in front of you with your palms facing down. Breathe in, tighten your stomach muscles and bend at the knees while looking directly ahead. Try to keep your back as straight as possible, Once your bottom is level with your knees, breathe out and return to the starting position. Do this exercise 15 times.
Do 15 Push-ups
Kneel down on the floor, put your palms on the floor and rest your weight on your arms, shoulder width apart. Straighten your legs so that your knees are off the floor and your legs are in a straight line with your back. If this is too difficult, keep your knees on the floor. Bend your elbows and lower yourself down to the position where your upper arms are parallel to the floor. Push yourself back up to the starting position. Do this exercise 15 times and keep your back straight at all times.
Do 20 Lunges
From a standing position, take one big step forward ensuring that you keep your back straight. Bend your front knee to about 90 degrees. While doing so, drop the back knee on your other leg toward the floor, but don’t touch the floor. Next, push yourself off with your front foot and back to the starting position. Repeat on the other side, so you do 10 with each leg.
Do 15 Dips
From a starting position of your arms behind you, hands resting flat on an elevated surface (like a chair), your body at about a 45 degree angle from upright and facing away from your elevated surface, bend your elbows and lower your body down until your forearms are level with the floor. Now push yourself back up to the starting position. Do this exercise 15 times.
Keep in mind that if you’ve not exercised for some time, you should start slowly. Once you’ve been at it for a little while, you can gradually start to increase your intensity.