Little time, more muscles.
July 18, 2011 12:32 PM Subscribe
I have 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at night to do some muscle toning exercises. What should I do that would be the best use of my time?
posted by greta simone to health & fitness (30 answers total) 70 users marked this as a favorite
In an effort to take a little bit of time each day to have stronger muscles, I want to start small by giving myself a few minutes of exercises in the morning when I wake up and at night when I go to bed. I already bike a few miles to and from work every day, and I wait tables, so my life is not terribly sedentary, and I feel like my legs are pretty strong. I would like to know of some exercises that would help strengthen/tone my core muscles (abs, back) and my arms/shoulders and that would give me the maximum benefit in those 15 minutes. I’m already a healthy BMI (5’7”, 130 lbs, female, 28 years old), so I want to emphasize that I’m not trying to lose weight.
Of course I know that crunches/sit ups and push ups are good for these things, but I’d like to know if there are more effective exercises that I might be doing that best use my limited time.
A few things:
I have limited space in which to do these things. I have essentially the length and width of my body on either side of my bed, and that’s it. I live in a small apartment with roommates, so there isn’t sufficient common space either. So no jumping rope, or things where I need to have a wide range of movement.
I really don’t have extra money to spend, so please nothing that requires equipment of any kind. Though I might be happy to get a few cheap handweights if that’s recommended.
And yes, I know that there are many fitness gurus out there that might say that this is not ample time to really get any effective results, but I’m doing this as much to introduce routine into my day as I am to strengthen muscles.
Thanks for your help!