If you’re someone who actually enjoys exercising, mazel tov (also, we’re jealous). As much as it (sometimes literally) pains us to acknowledge, moving your body is an important component of being and staying healthy. The point isn’t to try to achieve a certain body type or fit into your old jeans from college (trust us: just retire those — they’re not helping anyone), but really just to keep ourselves functioning as humans. And while that all sounds great in theory, when exercising isn’t a normal part of your routine, it can seem hard to squeeze it in.
Maybe you’ll try getting up extra early one morning and going for some sort of a walk or jog. But then your alarm goes off and that never happens. Or perhaps your plan is to get in a workout after the kids go to bed. Nice try, but your eyes are barely open at that stage, you’re really good at convincing yourself that the healthiest thing for your body is more rest. The way around this, is to find short, not-horrible ways to exercise that you can do at home whenever you have a few free minutes. Here are some 10-minute ab workouts to get you started.
OK, this one isn’t even a full 10 minutes: it’s only eight minutes. But don’t get us wrong, those eight minutes will put you through a workout. This routine comes from Instagram fitness influencer Kayla Itsness, and involves doing 30-second reps of seven different ab exercises.
This 10-minute ab workout from Instagram person @MaddyHolleyy (who focuses on IBS and health/exercise) not only includes a cute picture of a dog, but gives you the option of doing it with or without a weight for extra resistance.
Perfect for Travel
Only have 10 minutes? Then @fit_yogamom as just the workout sesh for you. You can either do it on its own, or add to the end of a different workout.
Perfect for Beginners
Fitness trainer Pamela Reif has a lot of short workouts on YouTube, but some are more advanced than others. This quick ab workout should be possible even if you’re just starting out (or if it’s been a while since you worked out).
Standing Ab Workout
So, technically this one from PopSugar is only five minutes, but if that’s all the time you’ve got, it’s definitely better than nothing. You can also do this one twice in a row if you want to do the full 10 minutes. (Though we should point out that the “flat belly” mention in the video’s title is gross and no one should feel pressured into having a flat belly, especially since no one’s belly is totally flat thanks to belly buttons. The end.)
Burn to the Beat
Looking for something a little more high-energy? This cardio dance abs workout from BeFit may be just what you need to get your blood pumping. Plus, it’s fun enough for the kids to maybe want to join (which gives you the chance to exercise and keep them occupied at the same time. Double win.)