30-Minute Indoor Workouts that Anyone Can Make Time For

Personal trainers, gym owners and professional athletes share their top indoor workouts that anyone can fit in their schedule

Short on time? You’re certainly not the only one, but that doesn’t mean you should be cutting exercise from your crazy schedule.

On top of maintaining physical health, exercise has been shown to promote mental health and help manage stress, so ditching your daily exercise session in the height of craziness is not the best idea. That said, we all have those days (or weeks) when we’re so completely overloaded it’s impossible to imagine fitting anything else in. In those times, it’s crucial to have quick, no-frills workouts that you can easily fit into your day.

Since colder weather is just starting in, we consulted personal trainers, gym owners and professional athletes to get their top indoor workouts that take less than 30 minutes. There’s no excuse, everyone has time for these awesome routines.

Ski-Ready Thigh Burner Workout

When it comes to winter, one of the very best reasons for working out is to prepare for the mountain. This thigh burner warm-up workout from Red Bull Big Mountain Freeskiing Athlete, Michelle Parker, will help get you mountain-ready.

"A little warm up that I like to do is 10 squats, 10 squat jumps, 10 lunges and 10 jumping lunges. Repeat that 3 times to feel the burn. You can do those anywhere and anytime. Got 10 minutes to spare at the office? Get to work. If you periodically and spontaneously work out throughout the day, you’ll feel so good and you’re going to benefit from it too! If you’ve got a friend, it’s always easier with two. You can push each other and get the intensity up! If you have a bench nearby, start on some squat jumps and then go from there. Every little bit helps!" Add this 10 minute warm-up to a short run or cycling session for a great 30 minute workout.

HIIT Indoor Rowing Workout

A former competitive weightlifter turned rower and owner of the personal training gym Anatomically Correct, Mike Creamer said indoor rowing “can be the most efficient, effective and challenging workout for the whole body.” Here’s a HIIT indoor rowing workout he practices himself:

“10 intervals of 600 meters with a minute and 20 seconds of rest in between for a total of approximately four miles of rowing in a little over 20 mins…In just a little over 20 mins of work I burned 430 calories. I was working pretty hard and by my last interval my heart rate was up to about 90 percent of max.” He does a HIIT rowing workout three times a week, but varies the interval time and you can also adjust for whatever time you have.

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