Effective Bodyweight Workouts for Every Busy Schedule

It's Tuesday morning and you slept through your alarm because of a late night at the office. You missed your favorite spin class, so it's tempting to skip a workout for today and hope tomorrow's schedule seems a little better, right? Definitely not! Staying in a consistent fitness routine is one of the most important keys to long-term success. Got five minutes before your next meeting at the office or 15 minutes before pickup at school? There's a workout that's great for you. Just because you don't have your favorite cardio machine or set of dumbbells by your side, you can still get a challenging, effective workout anytime, anywhere.

Each of these timed bodyweight workouts contain both cardio and strength exercises. The exercises are designed to challenge multiple muscle groups and get your heart pumping. If you find an exercise you're unable to perform or is too challenging for your current level, you can modify or swap it out for something similar. For example, if you can do some but not all of the advanced exercises, use some of the beginner moves instead.

The Starting Line

Up the Ante

If you’ve been exercising for a while and are up for a challenge, try this advanced version, which includes dynamic moves that will maximize your output.

 If you have 5 minutes…  Repeat circuit 2 more times.
 If you have 10 minutes…  Repeat circuit 2 more times.
 If you have 15 minutes...  Repeat circuit 3 more times.
 If you have 20 minutes…   Repeat circuit 4 more times.

Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day, but when you decide to put exercise at the top of your priority list, you'll find time no matter how hectic life may be. Even if you can't manage a long workout, finding a few minutes here and there throughout the day to squeeze in activities like the routines above is so beneficial. You'll get a burst of energy and sense of accomplishment to carry you through the rest of the day and keep you on track with your healthy living goals. 

Check out our beginner demo for advanced demonstrations and modified options:

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Member Comments

Great article! Report
Good to know. I'll do some of these when I have a quiet time here. Report
Awesome! Report
Great body weight workouts, Thanks! Report
Obstacles are those frightful things
you see when you take your eyes off your goals.
- Henry Ford Report
Burgers hurt my back. I have to modify if/when I do them Report
Burpees! Are you kidding me? I can't do one! Report
Thanks for the ideas! Report
I need this! Report
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Great ways to get that exercise in! Report
Great ways to get that exercise in! Report
I often do quite a few of these randomly while I’m watching a tv show. It makes me feel less guilty about “wasting time” Report
Awesome, this one is a keeper! Report


About The Author

Jen Mueller
Jen Mueller
Jen received her master's degree in health promotion and education from the University of Cincinnati. A mom and avid marathon runner, she is an ACE-certified personal trainer, health coach, medical exercise specialist, behavior change specialist and functional training specialist. She is also a RRCA-certified running coach. See all of Jen's articles.
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