10-Minute Lazy-Girl Workouts for When You Don't Want to Exercise
We all have time for a 10-minute workout, right? Right. But as the leaves start to fall and the nights draw in, the layers of clothes very gradually start to multiply and the urge to exercise ebbs away. What we all want to do instead is stay at home and hibernate in the cosy confines of our sofa and cashmere throws (in a previous life, we were bears, right?).
But we all know that exercise is not just great for our bodies, it's good for our minds too. And since the months from October to March are pretty bleak (save for the holidays), a quick calorie-burning, mood-boosting workout is a great idea. Honest. So we've trawled YouTube for the best 10-minute workouts that don't take too much motivation (seriously, we steered clear of any HIIT here) and can be done in your living room with a minimal kit so you don't have to leave the house. It's just 10 short minutes, and then you can crawl back onto the sofa and resume the episode of Friends you were watching.
Keep reading for seven workouts you can do from the comfort of your home.
There is a reason we envy the bodies of ballerinas—they are so lithe and toned. This 10-minute workout focuses on moves that will lengthen and tone your thighs and bum.
It's no coincidence that the days we really feel like doing nothing usually coincide with an unwanted bout of bloating. It makes you feel sluggish and just generally rubbish, and bloating is the ultimate good mood killer. Try this speedy yoga sequence that promises to ease that uncomfortable feeling.
For many, arms are a cause for distress, but they don't have to be. When you are feeling up to it, a hard-hitting HIIT session will help target your body fat while this targeted 10-minute arm-sculpting workout will help shape the muscle beneath. You'll need a pair of light dumbbells, so try the Gallant Neoprene Hand Dumbells (£8).
Thanks to a certain famous family, the derrière has overtaken the abs as the body part women are obsessed with right now. Pilates instructor Cassey Ho shares this quick and effective workout that will tone and lift your butt. KKW, eat your heart out.
We're not going to lie—this 10-minute workout is slightly more hardcore than the rest, but it's only five 30-second ab workouts that you repeat twice each. Simple.
A good leg workout, like this (and #1) will target your legs and butt. These are big muscle groups, so by working these areas, you're going to burn more calories in 10 minutes, compared with, say, an arm workout. Essentially, you'll get more bang for your buck.
Really can't be bothered? We hear you, so that's why we've included this nighttime yoga sequence. It's basically a lot of lolling around on a mat with the sole purpose of sending you into a deep, restful, sleep. Lovely.