PORTLAND -- If you’ve ever thought about working out but felt like you didn’t have enough time, you’re not alone.
That’s a common excuse for many Americans, but doctors say there is a time-saving way to get fit. In fact you can get a good workout in as little as ten minutes.
Nick Thompson is a physical therapist with Providence Sports Care Center. He says a 10-minute workout is possible but you need to make it an intense one.
He says the goal is burn lots of calories in a short amount of time. Keep your heart rate up to 75 percent of its maximum rate in order to see results. He says that intense workout will help with your overall cardiovascular health, and burn fat.
Once you’ve carved out the time in your schedule there are several different exercises you can do. Thompson recommends abdominal bridges using a stability ball, working out your abs with bicycle kicks or doing jumping jacks. He says you can even look to your favorite childhood PE games for inspiration.
Experts say that you should keep in mind that these short intense workouts may not be for everyone especially people who aren’t very active.
In fact you should have a base level of fitness before trying them at home. Once you get there, then you can begin increasing the difficulty of your workouts. In the end experts say a little exercise is better than none at all.