Quick workout ideas

Wednesday December 16, 2020
Weight rack

Finding time to workout can be a big task in itself.  When you’re short on time, you can try super quick exercises to get your body moving, improve your mood, and clear your mind. If all you have is a few minutes, give these a try!

  • Go for a short walk. This one is pretty self-explanatory!
  • Do a plank series, try to hold a plank for as long as you can or alternate between a front plank, back plank and side planks. My favourite is:
    • 20 seconds front
    • 20 seconds left side
    • 20 seconds back
    • 20 seconds right side
    • Repeat 3 times
  • Push-up series! Push-ups are a great exercise for overall strength. Try elevating your upper body to do an incline push-up if you find these challenging.
  • Lower-body workout. Try some squats, side lunges, wall sits, sumo squats, and any other that you’d like! Try this:
    • 10 regular squats
    • 10 forward lunges
    • 10 sumo squats
    • 10 side lunges
    • Repeat 3 times
  • Stretch! Stretching is never a bad idea. Especially after a long day of sitting. Stretching shouldn’t be painful so be careful not to push past your limits.
  • A quick cardio circuit. Get your heart pumping with this mini-series:
    • 20 seconds of jumping jacks
    • 20 seconds of butt kicks
    • 20 seconds of jogging on the spot
    • 20 seconds of high knees
    • Take a few seconds of rest between each exercise, 2 minutes between sets
    • Repeat 3 times
  • Go up and down the stairs. Have stairs in your building? Or is there an outdoor staircase nearby? Simply walk or run up and down these a few times and you will likely get your heart rate up in only a few minutes. Remember: only push yourself to a level you are comfortable with, we are all different!
  • Skipping. Grab a jump rope and do a few minutes of skipping before getting back to studying.

Remember, do what feels best for you. If something hurts or makes you feel unwell, please stop the movement and follow-up with a professional.