One of the biggest challenges when exercising on a regular basis is taking time out from a busy schedule. You might be able to make it to the gym one day but then have too tight a schedule the next. This inconsistent routine doesn’t benefit you. This is why you have to follow a set routine that you can perform daily.

Considering the busy schedule of parents and working professionals, their exercise routine should be short and intense. This will allow them to exercise for a short time yet see excellent results. The best routine for such individuals involves 10-minute exercises. Such routines help you lose weight and stay healthy without taking up much of your time.

Bodyweight Squats

Before you begin the 10-minute exercises, be sure to warm up with some stretching. Once you are done with the warm-up, start with bodyweight squats. The trick here is to perform the bodyweight squats till failure and at the fastest speed possible. This will give you the best resistance in a short workout span. If you wish, you can buy a pair of dumbbells and use them to add resistance. Try to keep the squat reps within 30.

The Plank

Once you are done with squats, move on to the next exercise immediately. Since this is a short routine, you cannot rest. If you do, you will lose time and won’t be able to get a good workout. As soon as you are done with squats, do the plank for at least a minute. If you are not able to perform this exercise for a minute, you should do two sets. However, the second set should be done once you are finished with other exercises. This will prevent you from losing time.


Push-ups are an excellent addition to 10-minute exercises. At first, you may not be able to do too many, but your goal should be at least 10 to 15. If you are not able to achieve even 10 push-ups, consider doing two sets—but again, toward the end of the workout, once you are done with other exercises. If possible, buy push-up stands as they will increase your range of motion and allow you to target each muscle exclusively.


For pull-ups you will require a bar or a stand onto which you can grab. Pulls-ups are a difficult exercise for novices, so consider using a chair for help and support at first. Eventually you will become an expert at this. Perform at least 10 to 15 reps.

Once you are done with the workout, see if there were exercises that you weren’t able to complete. If so, perform another set of those exercises before you conclude your workout.