If you have a personal jetty you can exercise there – if not, your bedroom will work
We’re all busy and it doesn’t matter what the government recommends, sometimes 30 minutes of daily exercise just aren’t possible. Where can a gym session fit in, between getting up early to dress the kids and yourself, making lunches, working, a two hour drive to a client meeting, getting home late and then preparing dinner?
Lengthy exercise doesn’t always fit into the schedule and there’s no point beating yourself up about it!
However, even a 15-20 minute workout can get the blood pumping, loosen up stiff shoulders, cheer you up, relax you, give you energy or help you unwind before bed. I’m not a sporty person, nor could I ever be described as a “gym bunny” (yuck) but getting a bit of exercise always makes me feel better.
20 minute workouts anyone can try
I have shared a few of the favourite 20 minute workouts I’ve found below. You don’t need a gym membership for any of them but you do need internet access. This way, you can get an activity fix wherever you are – sunny garden, living room, bedroom corner – even if you only have a little bit of time to spare.
Chaz – the pocket-sized yoga instructor you can take anywhere
I’ve been a huge fan of Chaz Rough, the infectiously enthusiastic yoga instructor from Louisville, Kentucky, for about 6 years. I was already a yoga convert, when I discovered Yogamazing, but it’s suitable for all levels of experience.
Downloading the app is like joining a weekly yoga class that comes to you. Each week, there’s a different, 20 minute flow class on a different theme – summer, winter, for runners, for the morning, digestion, restless legs: you name it, Chaz has probably done it. You can choose the class that best suits your needs and the cost of the app is less than what you might pay for one local yoga class.
Plus, he takes suggestions for what each class should be on Facebook and other social channels. He took one of mine once . It was one of the proudest moments of my life. What are you waiting for? 😉
Cassie Ho’s Total Body Pilates Workout for Beginners
I think this is just how Cassie Ho watches TV
I never “got” Pilates until after I had LP and needed to tone and strengthen my core. Postnatal mamas will know what I’m talking about!
This workout is a great way to stretch your whole body and activate your muscles when time is limited. Cassie Ho is so cheerful and positive that she makes it easier to get through the burn and feel uplifted.
Don’t be put off by that mention of the “burn” though – Pilates is great for the fact that you’ll feel your body working but the goal is to feel energised rather than knackered afterwards. Although, muscles might be a bit sore the next day! This 20 minute workout takes no prisoners
J Soh Swiss Ball 20 Minute Workout
Swiss ball, exercise ball, birth ball – it’s all the same thing!
My swiss ball (which I bought as a birthing ball when I was pregnant) has been one of my favourite purchases. I’m convinced it helped things go easier when I had LP, it’s fun to use for exercise and LP loves playing with it now. £5 well spent if you ask me.
Swiss balls are good for core stability and you can use them to work pretty much all the muscle groups. But it’s fun because it just feels like you are messing about with a giant beach ball. If you don’t believe me, try the workout above and see firsthand.
Fit Ball Core Strength Abs Workout
The last one in this little series of 20 minute workouts is another exercise ball class, this time from some lovely Aussie ladies who publish exercise videos under the brand of EFit 30. They did a great exercise video for pregnancy that I used and this one is just as good, if a little more challenging!
Be warned though, this includes some tests of balance and you will need a wall to steady yourself against when working the muscles at the side of your waist. Using an exercise mat will help reduce the risk of slipping and provide a slightly softer landing if you do go!
I hope you enjoy this collection of 20 minute workouts for people who just don’t have time. Please feel free to add suggestions and recommendations.
And of course, I am not a doctor or personal trainer, these are just some videos that I like. When starting a new workout always listen to your body, be sensible and consult a doctor if needed.