10 Minute Work-Outs

Health and Fitness experts believe most people need 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, 5 days a week. Fortunately there are lots of ways to fit exercise in around your schedule without having to give up anything else!

The NHS Live Well website has lots of tips on activities that don’t take long so won’t eat into your day!


A woman doing a backflip while skipping.

Skipping is good for the heart, bones, flexibility and co-ordination - and it's cheap! All you need is a sturdy skipping rope, comfortable shoes and enough space. You may not want to begin with back-flips, but you can burn between 70 and 110 calories in a 10 minute session!

TV Exercise

A woman lying on her side doing what she calls 'horizontal running', lifting one leg in the air.

You can do plenty of exercise in front of your TV. If you can afford it you could buy a stationary (exercise) bike or if even get a treadmill. There are lots of activities you can do in the comfort of your living room such as sit-ups, press-ups, Yoga and Pilates that will burn calories while you watch your favourite shows.


Lindsey Lohan in Mean Girls, walking along and tripping over comically.

Taking a brisk walk is one of the easiest ways to fit a bit of exercise into your day. Wherever you are and whatever you're doing, walking is one of the easiest activities to take part in. Taking the stairs will also help you stay active. Just make sure you look where you're going!


Chandler from the TV show Friends doing a goofy dance.

Dancing, whether at a class or home alone with your headphones on, is great fun and good exercise. If you enjoy what you’re doing you’re more likely to stick with it and exceed your 10 minute target. If you do join a class, you’ll find exercising with other people a great way to keep motivated. Ten minutes of aerobic dancing burns around 65 calories.

...And If All Else Fails

A woman with her trousers up to her shoulder, covering her arms, jumping from one foot to the other.

Find out about the benefits of exercising outdoors