This one was really tough. Not because of the exercises (though they were harder and sweatier than I thought they would be when I was putting this workout together!), but because of the day I had leading up to filming and posting the workout.
I had a vet appointment first thing in the morning for one of my cats (Sweet William, not the cat who appears somewhat frequently on-camera), who was very, very ill and needed to be put to sleep. If you’ve ever had to help a pet this way, you know it’s one of the toughest things life has in store for us animal lovers. I laid on the couch for a long time after I got home and really struggled with my motivation to get going on this workout. In the end, even though it seemed to take me all day, I got myself together and got it done, and of course felt better afterward. Endorphins have never let me down yet! And I guess that the moral of my little story here is this: even when life sucks (maybe especially when life sucks?), get off your butt and get sweaty. Exercise makes everything better.
I absolutely hope that your day is going better than mine did and that you have some fun with this quick, sweaty and low impact workout. You don’t need any equipment, you’ll work your whole body (including all your major muscle groups as well as your heart and lungs), and there’s no repeating any of the exercises, so it moves along at a really nice pace. Feel free to follow along with the exercise video below, or print out this handy-dandy breakdown and take it with you.
15 Minute LOW IMPACT HIIT | Fat Burning CARDIO + Bodyweight STRENGTH Workout
Exercise Time: 15 Minutes
Warm Up and Cool Down: Both are very brief, but INCLUDED
Set your timer for intervals of 50 seconds (work) and 10 seconds (rest). Complete each exercise in order for a built-in warm up and finisher.
- Toy Soldiers
- Squats with Side Kick
- Flying Fast Ups (50 seconds on each side)
- Close Squats
- Curtsy Lunges
- Mountain Climbers
- Side Plank Jacks (50 seconds on each side)
- Push Ups
- Cross Body Crunches
- Cobra Push Ups
- Walking Oblique Jackrabbits
- Plank to Pikes (no rest interval after this exercise)
- Plank Hold (built-in Finisher, hold for one full minute)
Can’t see the video below? Click here to watch it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/5KoaJNV0Mx8
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