Too busy to spend much time exercising? Not to worry. The Department of Health and Human Services advises that just 30 minutes of exercise per day can have a positive impact on your health.
Here’s a quick list of some of the best 30-minute exercise routines:
Buy a Jump Rope
Discover what a great, quick workout you can get by re-experiencing one of your favorite childhood games. Jumping rope gets your heart really pumping, your lungs vigorously working, and exercises your legs and arms. If you’re not able to go for a full half-hour at first, don’t be discouraged. The more you exercise, the stronger your muscles will become.
Hit the Floor
Who needs an expensive weight set when you can use your own body weight to get a good workout? There are a variety of exercises you can do without having to spend a penny on a gym membership, from pushups to crunches to leg lifts, and more.
So You Think You Can Dance?
Even if you were born with two left feet, nothing says that you can’t work up a good sweat by turning on your favorite tunes and dancing around the house for 30 minutes a day. Dancing can turn you from a soft body into a bona fide hard body. The best part is that it’s an activity you can do alone or with a partner.
Go for a Quick Walk
Not all exercise has to end with you lying in a heap on the floor, panting. You can do your body right simply by going for a quick walk in your neighborhood. Whether you go for a walk in the morning before work, during your lunch hour, or after you get home is irrelevant. Any exercise is better than no exercise, and walking is low-impact enough that you won’t risk pulling muscles if you’ve just hopped on to the health bandwagon.
Don’t have 30 minutes to spare? Any amount of exercise will make an impact, even if you can devote only 15 minutes here and there. According to the American Council on Exercise, the beneficial effects of exercise are cumulative. This means there’s no difference between an uninterrupted hour of exercise a day or four 15-minute sessions. The benefits, experts say, are the same.
With quick workouts such as these you’ll have no excuse not to get moving and to start reaping the benefits of exercise.