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January 2016

20-Minute Workouts for Busy Brides-To-Be

Time to put your new year’s fitness resolution into action! If you’ve been wondering how to lose weight fast for your wedding, start your journey with these 20-minute workouts that even busy brides can fit into their schedules.

Think you have no time to work out? Think again! Each workout in this collection clocks in at 20 minutes, which means you can break a sweat and be showered within an hour. Choose from the 10 different workouts to tone specific areas, or do a cardio routine if you want to lose weight quickly for a nearing wedding. Refer back to this list on days when you’re busy or feeling particularly unmotivated, and choose a workout that works for you.

Since these workouts are only 20 minutes long, they’re quite intense. If you find yourself unable to maintain proper form for a certain exercise, take a break. You might not be able to repeat the circuit as many times as is called for when you first start working out—that’s fine. Let your body set the pace. As long as you’re pushing yourself to your personal limit, you’ll see improvements.

1. Cardio Blast Workout

This quick Cardio Blast Workout will get your blood pumping in no time! Grab a stopwatch and get ready to move, as this workout is fast-paced and goes by in a flash. If you need to rest for a few seconds in between each set, go ahead—but since the goal is to elevate your heart rate, try your best to push through without stopping too much.

The Circuit:

lose weight fast workout Image by Calibe Thompson, licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

2. Treadmill Workout

Longing to go for a run, but can’t take the Singapore heat? Hit the gym and try this Treadmill Workout instead. The number one complaint about running on a treadmill is that it’s boring, but it doesn’t have to be. This workout switches up the pace to keep things interesting—and you can choose whichever incline you’d like. It may only be 20 minutes long, but it will definitely work you out!

The Circuit:

  • 0:00-2:00: 5km/hr
  • 2:00-5:00: 6.5km/hr
  • 5:00-6:00: 9.5km/hr
  • 6:00-8:00: 6.5km/hr
  • 8:00-10:00: 9.5km/hr
  • 10:00-12:00: 6.5km/hr
  • 12:00-15:00: 9.5km/hr
  • 15:00-17:00: 6.5km/hr
  • 17:00-18:00: 10.5km/hr
  • 18:00-20:00: 5km/hr

3. Core Workout

There is so much more to having a strong core than a tight stomach. Of course you’ll look better, but you’ll also have better posture and a stronger back—and working out will be way easier. This Core Workout is not easy, so if you’re just starting out you might want to repeat the set only once or twice. It will engage all of your abdominal muscles, and leave you both healthier and more toned.

The Circuit:

lose weight fast arm workout Image by Calibe Thompson, licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

4. Upper Body Workout

For sculpted shoulders, a strong back, and toned arms, look no further than this lightning fast Upper Body Workout. You’ll need a set of dumbbell for this circuit; use whichever weight you feel most comfortable with. Your arms might feel like Jell-O the next day, but incorporate this into your routine a few times a week and you’ll start to see results soon.

The Circuit:

5. Lower Body Workout

This Lower Body Workout works to strengthen and tone your legs and butt. Squats are some of the best exercises you can do for your lower body, so this circuit incorporates a few different kinds into it. If you’re new to squats, be sure to refer to the YouTube videos for proper form.

The Circuit:

6. Inner Thigh Workout

Although the Lower Body Workout is great for both the legs and butt overall, this Inner Thigh Workout targets an area that tends to be a problem for a lot of women. This workout will not only strengthen your legs, but also slim your inner thighs down as well.

The Circuit:

7. Limited Space Workout

This Limited Space Workout is ideal for sneaking in a workout anytime, anywhere. These are all body weight exercises, so they use no equipment and require very little space. It’s so simple, you could fit this in on your lunch break!

The Circuit:

quick workouts Image by Edson Hong, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

8. Pilates Workout

The benefits of Pilates have been proven through the millions of people who have achieved a stronger core and better flexibility by performing the exercises. You don’t need to go to a fancy Pilates studio to try out this workout though—you can do it right in your own home.

The focus of Pilates is on doing fewer reps, but making absolute sure that you’re performing them correctly. Watch each demonstration in its entirety before attempting the exercise.

The Circuit:

9. Yoga Workout

Yoga gets a reputation as being all about calm meditation, and while that definitely plays a large role in the practice, it can also be an awesome workout. This 20-minute Vinyasa flow workout that is perfect for days when you’re not feeling super energetic but still want to squeeze in a sweat session. This workout is a full body strengthener, with particular focus on building a stronger core.

10. Barre Workout

Barre is one of the hottest fitness trends, and one that you perhaps didn’t know you could do at home. If you’re not familiar with it, barre is a ballet workout that looks easy but will leave your core burning. Since you probably don’t have a ballet studio in your home, you can use a high-backed chair to stabilise your movements instead. Feeling up to the challenge? Work your lower body with this barre workout, or your upper body with this one.

Don’t let a busy schedule stand between you and a fitter, more toned body. Incorporate a few of these weight loss routines into your weekly exercise regimen, and you’ll be amazed at the results you see!

Credits: Feature image by Pedro Matute, licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0