If you only have 10 minutes for lifting weights, hit your large muscle groups to get the most out of your workout. Slow your reps down--i.e., 4 counts up, 4 counts down to really challenge your muscles. Do them while you watch TV, after work or whenever you can find the time. Try these moves:
All of these exercises use more than one muscle group, which means you get more bang for your buck. Add weight to make the exercises more difficult and perform between 8-16 reps.
Another option is compound movements. Putting two moves together is a great way to work your body in a short period of time. Keep the reps slow and easy to keep perfect form:
- Squats with overhead press
- Lunges with lateral raise
- Deadlifts with lat rows
- Plie squats with bicep curls
- Plank with leg extension
No matter how busy you are, you can find time to exercise. Don't be afraid of exercise guidelines and whether you can meet them. Remember that it's always better to do something than nothing.