Life is pretty busy. It can be hard to find time to sleep at night, let alone get in some daily exercise. Finding a fitness regimen that fits your life doesn’t have to be impossible, even when time is tight.
Adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week, along with strength training, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But finding big chunks of time to work out can be near impossible for some.
Fortunately, you don’t need to sweat it out for an hour to reap the benefits of exercise. When crafted correctly, a 20-minute, 15-minute, or even 10-minute workout can get you burning calories and achieving your health goals. We rounded up the best, short workouts on the web and think there’s something for everyone here. On the days you have a little more time, consider stacking these workouts to get a full-length session in.
‘10 Minute Home HIIT Workout’
This 10-minute session with The Lean Machines is far from a walk in the park. Because it’s high-intensity intervals, you’ll definitely get your heart racing and your muscles heated up. The focus of this session is calorie burning, so get ready for a challenge.
‘12 Minute Kickboxing Cardio Fat Blast Workout’
Tiffany Blair hosts this video from Psychetruth. It’s a kickboxing workout that focuses solely on the lower body, so get ready to tone your thighs and glutes. The moves aren’t necessarily fast, but you’ll definitely get your heart racing.
’12-Minute Fat-Burning Cardio Core Bodyweight Workout’
This video comes from Fit Bottomed Girls and is hosted by the “Fit Bottomed Dude,” Sean Vigue. It focuses on core strength, which plays a role in so much of what we do on a daily basis. All you need is a yoga mat and 12 minutes to tone your core and burn some fat.
‘15-Minute Bootcamp Workout’
If you’ve got 15 minutes, plus a few extra to towel off, you can get this heart-thumping workout in! Hosted by Anna Renderer for PopSugar Fitness, it was inspired by the show “Pretty. Strong.” on Oxygen. Even the warmup is tough, so don’t go into this one thinking a short workout can’t be effective.
’15 Min Fat Burning Workout for Beginners’
This is a beginner workout for weight loss, so if you’re new to fitness, it’s a perfect choice. Hosted by HASfit, you’ll find the instructions are easy to follow, and the calories burned calculator in the upper left corner is a great feature. You’ll need a box or a chair, but that’s it!
‘Get Thinner Thighs’
If your thighs are a trouble spot, you’ll love this video from Rebecca-Louise. The workout is filled with lunge varieties, so you’ll feel this all throughout your quads, hamstrings, and glutes. The sea backdrop is a great distraction when your muscles are screaming for a break.
‘15 Minute HIIT Interval Workout: Body Weight’
Melissa Bender hosts this quick high-intensity interval workout. The great thing about HIIT is that it doesn’t take long to fit in an effective workout. You’ll do a session of hard work followed by a period of recovery, and repeat multiple times. As Bender says in the video, adjust the interval lengths to fit your abilities.
‘17 Minute No Equipment Total Body Circuit Workout’
From JessicaSmithTV, this 17-minute session manages to work the entire body in a short amount of time. The moves aren’t complicated and Jessica makes sure you understand what you’re working with every step. This would be a great workout to do while traveling as it keeps you moving without sacrificing too much recreation time.
’15 Minute HIIT Workout’
It doesn’t get much simpler than this no-equipment high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout. But don’t mistake simple for easy. This is a tough workout! It’s from Fitness Blender and features high-intensity intervals to get your heart rate up quickly for maximum fat burning and results.
‘15 Minute Real-Time Fat Burning Home Workout’
This workout from Grant at TheZeusFitness is just 15 minutes long, but it goes a long way to help you burn excess calories and fat. You don’t need any equipment for this session, but be prepared to work hard, with moves like jump squats and lunges.
‘C9 Champion Commit to Fit’
If you’ve ever wanted to try a kettlebell workout but weren’t sure where to start, this is a great workout for you. Brought to you by Target, it features Adam Rosante and Idalis Velazquez, who walk you through the challenging session with ease.
‘EPIC 15 Minute Fat Burning Abdominal Workout’
If a six-pack is your goal, this fat-burning ab workout is right for you. Featuring Brandon Carter, this is not for the faint of heart. It’s definitely an advanced workout, but if you’re able to keep up, it’ll deliver advanced results.
‘Pilates Workout: 15 Min Power of the Pulse’
Brought to you by BeFIT Go, this Pilates workout is great for someone looking for a low-intensity toning session. You’ll need a barre or chair, along with a yoga mat for this workout, which promises to tone, relax, and increase your flexibility.
‘Smart Cardio For Full-Body Fat Loss’
This video comes from Six Pack Shortcuts and is hosted by Mark, who says it was designed specifically for guys over 40. It uses basic fitness moves like dips and planks, and puts them in intervals for maximum fat burning results.
Cassey Ho hosts this cardio workout from Blogilates. It’s a fun and quick cardio session that won’t disturb your downstairs neighbors — perfect for those of us in apartments. The focus here is fun and not reps, so the time will just whiz by.
‘Swirl Girl 15 Minute Workout with Tiffany Rothe’
This video is from Tiffany Rothe Workouts and is a new and fun way to train your core and abs. You won’t be doing any crunches, however. Set to fun dance music, you’ll work your core by moving your hips in conjunction with your legs and upper body to hit all the right spots.