Although I got obsessed with the gym for a couple of years there, I’ve largely been an at-home exerciser. As a busy mom, I just prefer it. Although the gym was a great way to get out of the house, put the kids in free childcare and see actual adults (plus shower in peace), once my kids started elementary school, it felt like another thing to do.
So I’ve scoured the internet for the best 10 minute workouts online. This is what I use to get motivated to exercise because running too much gives me shin splints and I don’t always have the time or money for yoga classes. Plus, I figure I can do a 10 minute workout any time. I fit one in right before I left to grab the kids from school today!
These people aren’t paying me to promote them. Hell, they don’t even know I’m sharing their info. But these are the best 10 minute workouts online that I turn to time and time again to get myself back in shape when I’ve gone off the wagon.
This website is what got me psyched about exercising again after having kids. Of course, I think I waited about 4 years to get back into working out, but we’ll ignore that fact for now.
You see, I’ve always loved the way exercising makes me feel, but I’ve been known to get bored to tears—yes, literal TEARS—from online workout videos. (For example, everyone loves FitnessBlender, but I just can’t get behind it. Something about the sterile environment behind the instructors screams “boring!” to me.
Bodyrock.TV is not boring. Maybe I like the fact that the main instructor, Lisa-Marie, yells at you. I like it when people yell at me. I can’t help it.
In any case, the first time I did one of these videos, I was like, “WTF?” They were hard. I kind of felt like a weird pretzel that was trying to move really fast. But after a week, I was pretty much a rock start. I’m sure I didn’t do the exercises very gracefully, but I looked pretty bad-ass in my head.
One note about the workout I’m recommending: It’s about 20 minutes long, but after 10 minutes, you’ll be dying anyway, so you can call it a day.
Core Strength Yoga
A little bit of yoga combined with some ab moves are perfect when I’m feeling bloated and kind of ugh. After having children, I have found that I don’t engage my ab muscles enough. In fact, I push them out so that I always look pregnant. Awesome.
This workout is slow and controlled, and it kicks my butt. Because you move gently through the positions, you really engage your ab muscles. I’m usually super sore the next day, which reminds me to keep sucking it in.
Oh, and this one really is only 10 minutes.
Yoga For Focus
This 10 minute yoga flow from Yoga With Adriene is gentle and smooth, which is the perfect kind of yoga when I’m not really feeling like exercising. Usually, when I get that way, I’m also feeling foggy and totally not clear-headed, so the focusing aspect of this works wonders.
I’m not really a seasoned yogi, so this is ideal for me. You hold the poses just long enough to activate the muscles, but there’s a lot of feel-good stretching going on too.
Express HIIT Workouts
These are some of my favorite workouts. Christine Salus is just down to earth, totally honest about her life and body issues, and has a rockin’ body. So I like to do her workouts. She even offers some Silent HIIT workouts, which involve no jumping or loud noises, so those are perfect to do when the kids are asleep.
She has lots of different workouts on her YouTube channel, including 10-20 minute express HIIT workouts. Most of them are closer to 20 minutes long, but I’ve included the link to a wonderful leg workout that’s only 10 minutes (below). Don’t be fooled—you use a lot of your upper body and core in this workout too. It’s a full-body workout for me!
Muffin Top Melter
Image via Shape.com
I get Shape magazine, and while I rarely look at it, I found a really great workout there recently. This muffin top melter workout makes me use muscles I didn’t even know I had! When I’m doing it, I picture having those really sexy lower oblique muscles. You know, the ones near your hips? Anyway, that keeps me going.
The workout is only 5 minutes long, so you can do it twice to get to ten minutes. It’s also a great add-on to your regular exercise routine.
Betty Rocker Sexy Arms
I feel like my arms never get the attention that they need. If I work out my arms, shoulders and back with weights, I still find that I’m missing functional strength and mobility when I’m doing things like yoga and handstands.
That’s why I love this workout. It’s short enough to do whenever and wherever. I often do it in whatever clothes I’m wearing; I just take off my socks and shoes. And it really works and stretches your shoulders, back and triceps. I’m always super sore the first few times I do it.
I also have her app on my phone, so I can access several workouts really quickly. All of her workouts are less than 15 minutes long, so they fit well into a busy schedule.
But I Don’t Even HAVE Time for 10 Minute Workouts!
I know you feel that way. I really do. I feel that way all the time. But everyone has 10 minutes. It might mean that you wake up a little earlier or go to bed a little later. I usually cram 10 minutes of time in right before I walk out the door. I could either finish up some work at the computer or work out. I whip off my socks and do a 10 minute workout in whatever clothes I’m wearing.
But it’s hard to get into a routine. That’s why I’m launching the 10-Minute Challenge!
What Is The 10 Minute Challenge?
This is a mini-course that you can buy here. It can be used to create space in your life for ANYTHING, including:
- Establishing a consistent exercise routine
- Clean eating
- Awareness practices
- Learning something new
- Practicing self-care
It’s basically the FIRST PRACTICE that you can use to establish ANY OTHER PRACTICE in your life.
When you sign up, you get:
- Forever access to a member site that walks you through the 10-day program with daily videos and inspiration
- A printable workout to help you follow along throughout the challenge
- Daily email and text reminders
- LIFETIME access to the MYP 10-Minute Challenge group on Facebook, where you’ll get accountability, sisterhood and support as you go through the challenge.
Here’s the beauty of this challenge: You can use it any time, for anything. Basically, you just pick ONE thing to do for 10 minutes a day, 10 days in a row.
BUT—in the Facebook group, we’ll be doing one SPECIFIC challenge each month! We’ll be doing exercise challenges every 6 months or so to make sure that we keep our bodies moving.
If you need to enhance your motivation and consistency when it comes to exercising, this is the place to be!
Other challenges coming up:
- Awareness challenge
- Orgasmic breathing challenge
- Decluttering challenge
All of the challenges that we do will help you reconnect with yourself through creativity, pleasure and flow.
Want IN on the 10-Minute Challenge?
After you join, you’ll get a welcome email with your next steps.
If you join after 2/15/18, you can use the 10-minute challenge website to do your own exercise challenge. However, we will be going through a different challenge in the Facebook group. You can join in on that with us too!
What are some of YOUR favorite 10 minute workouts?
Drop a link to it in the comments!