Our Fastest Cardio Workouts

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5/3/2013 6:00 PM   :  37 comments   :  165,788 Views

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Do you ever feel like you don't have enough time to get a good workout in during the day? No need to fret because you can still get an effective cardio workout in just 10 minutes. I gave up the all-or-nothing thinking years ago and have done my best to commit to at least 10 minutes of exercise each day. It all really DOES add up! Even if you did just 10 minutes of exercise a day, that is 70 minutes of exercise for the week, which is better than not doing anything at all and you can still see the benefits from doing that.

While that may not seem like much, if you are crunched for time any particular day or week, do your best to keep in mind that doing a quick 10 minute workout will still help you reach your goal and make you feel better overall. Below is a list of resources for effective cardio workouts that you can do in just 10 minutes that can help you reach your goals.

 

VIDEO: 10-Minute Cardio Kickboxing Workout

VIDEO: 10-Minute Jump Rope Cardio Workout

VIDEO: Coach Nicole's Jump Start Cardio Workout

VIDEO: Day 1 Bootcamp Workout

VIDEO: Day 1 New YOU Bootcamp Workout

DVD: SparkPeople Cardio Blast with Coach Nicole

Over 110 Cardio Workout Ideas

7 Ways to Make the Most of a Short Workout

Burn 100 Calories in 10 Minutes!

 

Do you try to do at least 10 minutes of exercise each day? What's your favorite 10 minute cardio workout?

 



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  • LJIMENEZ03002
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  • 36
    the 10 min kickboxing video is my fav! - 5/22/2014   12:03:30 PM
  • DELLMEL
    35
    Great blog thanks. I will do one of these on the weekend where I suppose to rest. - 11/11/2013   7:48:43 PM
  • CHARLENEWILL1
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    looking forward to trying 10 minute trainer - 6/30/2013   9:35:18 PM
  • 33
    Tony Horton's 10 minute work out. - 6/11/2013   12:18:51 AM
  • 32
    I love 10 minute workouts-They really add up & is helping me succeed! - 6/6/2013   1:02:36 AM
  • 27ELSWORTHYMEWS
    31
    Although not 10 minutes, I am currently into stretching and pilates 3 times a week which have both reshaped and redefined my body, and aerobics between 20 and 45 minutes twice weekly. I agree, once I mentally prepare and dress I can't do only 10 minutes! - 5/10/2013   10:32:43 AM
  • 30
    Thank you! These were a great inspiration. Today I have 10 min in. I appreciate all the work you do, and I'm doing my part, today, too.
    - 5/9/2013   9:26:21 AM
  • PHILLYONE1
    29
    This is probably not the right forum for this but I couldn't find anywhere else to type it.

    I would like to know how you can help me. I am a 57 year old woman who gave birth to four children (all boys). I went through a very stressful number of years through their teenage years, having teenagers and babies (all male) at the same time. I also went through a divorce and remarriage, and my new husband came with four children (yours, mine and ours - NOT a happy home). As a result, my health suffered greatly. (My husband and I are actually empty-nesters at this time, but that doesn't come without its own set of challenges). I have struggled with gestational diabetes, fibromyalgia. osteoarthritis and now Parkinson's for the last twenty years. I am a gluten-free vegetarian with dairy and sugar allergies. The food allergies are hard to dealt with, and are getting progressively worse .. I now have developed 'abdominal migraines" (where the pain is in the abdomen and not the head). Still, all my tests come back "normal"). With the amount of food I eat (small meals, 5-6 times a day, no (well, a very few processed, empty calories). I should be stick-thin, but my waistline continues to grow. I would guess that 70% of my excess weight is belly fat and I am uncomfortable in my clothes. I used to be very athletic, but now my health issues prevent me from undertaking any strenuous exercise. I walk when my back will allow it, which is not often. I bounce on a trampoline to improve my lymph system, but even that puts my back out.

    I NEED help - especially before the heat of the summer saps what little energy I have. I tend to leave the house less and less - I don't want to become anti-social or depressed, but I feel that's where I am headed. I just want to be comfortable in my own clothes again, and try to feel good about myself.

    Are you going to be the light at the end of my tunnel? Please .... - 5/7/2013   8:54:49 PM
  • PHILLYONE1
    28
    This is probably not the right forum for this but I couldn't find anywhere else to type it.

    I would like to know how you can help me. I am a 57 year old woman who gave birth to four children (all boys). I went through a very stressful number of years through their teenage years, having teenagers and babies (all male) at the same time. I also went through a divorce and remarriage, and my new husband came with four children (yours, mine and ours - NOT a happy home). As a result, my health suffered greatly. (My husband and I are actually empty-nesters at this time, but that doesn't come without its own set of challenges). I have struggled with gestational diabetes, fibromyalgia. osteoarthritis and now Parkinson's for the last twenty years. I am a gluten-free vegetarian with dairy and sugar allergies. The food allergies are hard to dealt with, and are getting progressively worse .. I now have developed 'abdominal migraines" (where the pain is in the abdomen and not the head). Still, all my tests come back "normal"). With the amount of food I eat (small meals, 5-6 times a day, no (well, a very few processed, empty calories). I should be stick-thin, but my waistline continues to grow. I would guess that 70% of my excess weight is belly fat and I am uncomfortable in my clothes. I used to be very athletic, but now my health issues prevent me from undertaking any strenuous exercise. I walk when my back will allow it, which is not often. I bounce on a trampoline to improve my lymph system, but even that puts my back out.

    I NEED help - especially before the heat of the summer saps what little energy I have. I tend to leave the house less and less - I don't want to become anti-social or depressed, but I feel that's where I am headed. I just want to be comfortable in my own clothes again, and try to feel good about myself.

    Are you going to be the light at the end of my tunnel? Please .... - 5/7/2013   8:54:00 PM
  • 27
    I go to water aerobics at our local pool. It is 45 minutes of fast cardio, non-stop. I do walk with my dog, later in the day, (on the trails) for about one hour. I also love riding my bike. - 5/7/2013   11:07:17 AM
  • 26
    My schedule doesn't allow me to have an all or nothing mentality so I try to get in at least 20 minutes each day. On days that allow me to do more than 30 minutes, I try to take the opportunity. But I have several 10-minute DVDs and my favorite one is probably Coach Nicole's Cardio Blast - even though it turns out to be almost 20 minutes with the warmup & cool down. Or if the weather allows, I take a quick walk around the block. - 5/5/2013   5:21:45 PM
  • 25
    I am an all or nothing type person wanting to do no less than 45 minutes when I do exercise. However I'm not consistent with it. I just joined the 10 minute daily streak challenge to help me change that into daily movement. I will surely use some of these as a boost or when I'm having a hard time motivating myself to move. Thanks - 5/5/2013   11:51:35 AM
  • 24
    For me, the thing that takes the time isn't just the workout, its finding my workout clothes, getting my HRM on, finding my ipod/loading it up, and then there is the workout. I don't want to do a workout that takes 10 min. to get dressed for, only 10 min. to do, and then 15 min. to get showered for the rest of my day. 10 min. just seems silly. Why not 30 min. just 4x/week? Thats only 4 extra showers/blowing out my hair instead of 7. - 5/4/2013   6:42:48 PM
  • NORTHFIRE
    23
    AGREED! If I waited until I had the time, motivation, and couture all ready to go at the same time for a trip to a gym, I would never get there lol. Kudos to all 10-min ex sessions, they do add up, and they keep me feeling good about myself and motivated to stay with my chosen healthy lifestyle as well. Thanks for pointing this out :) - 5/4/2013   11:50:46 AM
  • 22
    even though I attend an exercise class 3 times a week, I have found myself gravitating to the couch way too much! I have considered the 10 minute a day fitness challenge to get me up and moving more. These are some great ideas! - 5/4/2013   8:44:04 AM
  • 21
    I do try to do at least 10 mins of exercise per day. My favorite 10 min workout is Cardio Kickboxing with Coach Nicole. It's a GREAT workout! Thanks for the blog! - 5/3/2013   10:06:10 PM
  • 20
    thank you - 5/3/2013   9:37:37 PM
  • 19
    I love the SP ten minute videos -- I wish you'd put out a few more cardio videos, ones where the actual cardio lasts for the 10 minutes, instead of 4 minutes of stretching. Just because I'm short on time some days doesn't mean I'm short on stamina or strength! I need 10 minutes of intensity! - 8/15/2012   8:24:48 PM
  • KJQPLUS3
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    I love the 10 minute videos! I get up relax for a few minutes then I go down and do the videos!! Some days I try and throw in 2. The thing I like about them it is 10 minutes from warm up to cool down. Keep them coming!
    - 8/15/2012   2:41:07 PM
  • 17
    I bike to work (10-15 minutes each way) this ensure even if a skip my lunchtime workout that I have some activity.:) - 8/14/2012   8:28:39 AM
  • 16
    I commit to 10 minutes a day and it helps me stay consistent - 8/11/2012   1:19:11 PM
  • 15
    I love the videos, when I do have the time I end up doing about 2 or 3 of them at a time... or 1 of the videos and as much cardio as I can (a.k.a Walking/Running/Jogging, etc) - 8/3/2012   6:19:52 PM
  • MARTY32M
    14
    I'm too impatient to do 10 minute workouts. I do a 4 minute Tabata workout about once a week. Somewhat more often I do a 4 exercise weight lifting circuit for about 4 to 8 reps each; I don't time it but I think it's about 5 minutes. I looked at a bootcamp video but it's too complicated to remember and I don't have a good way to watch it and do it at the same time.

    OK, I just timed a weight lifting circuit. Five reps each exercise, something I could do every day, took 5 minutes. Going for max would take longer, maybe up to 10 minutes. - 8/3/2012   5:17:41 PM
  • LOVEDBY2
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    I am in my 3rd week of tracking food with SP. I admit I am having a hard time with my all or nothing attitude in regard to exercise. This article was what I needed to hear. I am going to start here. Thank you so much. - 8/3/2012   12:36:19 PM
  • LOVEDBY2
    12
    I am in my 3rd week of tracking food with SP. I admit I am having a hard time with my all or nothing attitude in regard to exercise. This article was what I needed to hear. I am going to start here. Thank you so much. - 8/3/2012   12:36:19 PM
  • 11
    Yeah for 10 minute work outs! So great to ease back into activity if you haven't been doing any regular exercise.

    I did the cardio kickboxing last night and it was a blast and over before I knew it! Getting ready to do another 10 minute work out tonight! - 8/2/2012   9:40:33 PM
  • 10
    I love the 10 minute workouts on Cardio Blast DVD. I like to do them when I don't have a lot of time for a long workout that day. - 8/2/2012   8:32:09 PM
  • CROSE401
    9
    Thanks Nichole, I clicked on the link just to see what it was like and in my pajamas I was able to do your 10 min kick boxing workout and it feels great! - 8/2/2012   4:06:57 PM
  • CROSE401
    8
    This is right up my ally I think I can set a goal to do a 10 min workout a day! I am excited - 8/2/2012   3:52:59 PM
  • SCAMERON59
    7
    This was a really good starting point...Its an entire body workout but not too extreme! Encouraging! Thank you for making it available! - 8/2/2012   10:44:29 AM
  • FATBASTICH
    6
    I think I'll probably start using the kickboxing one from time to time. - 8/2/2012   9:09:38 AM
  • BRASKIN
    5
    As a member of kokofitness club.... each cardio session...eliptical or tread is only 15 minutes...but its interval work and you can certainly break a sweat in a short period of time! - 8/2/2012   8:07:25 AM
  • 4
    I am blessed to work at a facility at that has a small gym, and that is where I do my cardio. Since we no longer smoke on campus I use my two 15 minute breaks (30 minutes) to walk on the treadmill. I will admit that I have just started using it about three weeks ago. My goal is to be able to get in there 5 days a week, but it seems as thought something always comes up. Last week I did get 3 days in and I already missed one day this week but I am determined to get in there at least 4 days this week. My all time favorite 10 minute work is TURBO JAM, but being in small two bed room apartment with 3 people makes it hard for me to get the TV to myself. I absolutely LOVE the TURBO JAM 10 minute work out. - 8/2/2012   7:38:45 AM
  • 3
    Urgh, I'm still a bit of an all-or-nothinger. I find it very hard to get my heart rate into "the zone" in just 10 mins. Plus, getting into my sweats, etc is a bit of a pain for just a 10 min workout. I like these short programs to tag onto the end of a 20-min session. They are great once my heart rate is already up and round off a longer workout nicely. I think I'll be sticking to my longer sessions. That said, 10 mins a day is definitely better than nothing. - 8/2/2012   7:36:07 AM
  • 2
    Thank you so much for posting the videos and suggestions. I am always looking for ways to change up my workout. - 8/2/2012   7:35:08 AM
  • JSPENCE84
    1
    This is definitely something I can start out with. I'm currently struggling to change my thought process. I'm trying to move away from the "all or nothing" mentality. And focus on a "something is better than nothing" process. It's definitely a challenge, but these 10 minute videos seem like a great start.
    Thanks - 8/2/2012   7:32:46 AM

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