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Two Of The Shortest Workouts Possible Made For Runners

The weather is changing and we all want to spend our precious free time soaking up the sun or enjoying the outdoors instead of being inside a gym. Runners are lucky to enjoy a sport that basically requires them to be outside for as much time as possible. However, life doesn’t always allow for outdoor workouts and strength training can be especially challenging outside.

If you find yourself stuck inside or having a gym as your only workout option, we’ll show you how to get the biggest calorie burn and training effect in the shortest amount of time.

Based on the New York Times article “How To Do the Shortest Workout Possible,” the key to these workouts are high intensity. Basically you want to push yourself to your highest anaerobic threshold, remain there for a few grueling moments, recover and repeat.

If you have 7 minutes…

Do this: 30 seconds of each of the 12 exercises with 10 seconds of rest in between each. Go!

  • Push-ups
  • Squats
  • Jumping jacks
  • Holding plank
  • Alternating lunges
  • Burpees
  • Wall sits
  • Side plank
  • Leg lowers
  • Lateral jumps
  • Walking planks
  • Tricep push-ups

If you have 10 minutes…

Do this: 2 minute warm up, 30 second hard effort running or cycling with 1 minute recovery; repeat as time allows.

If you have even less time to workout, you’re way too busy and need to read this.

Allie Burdick

Allie Burdick

Allie is a freelance writer, athlete and mom, but not in that order. Her work has appeared in Runner's World, Triathlon Magazine and ESPNW. On her blog, VITA Train for Life, she chronicles her life as a runner/triathlete and hopes her successes and failures help to motivate and inspire others, even the over-40 crowd she somehow found herself in! The rest of her time is spent raising her twin boys with her husband in the Northeast where they live a big life! See it all on Twitter and Instagram.