How to Work Out in Half an Hour

It's difficult keeping your priorities straight, but exercise is key to reducing stress and maintaining health. Carve out 30 minutes a day, and make it count.

You will need

  • Warm-ups
  • Cardio machine
  • Concentration
  • Jump rope
  • Patience

Step 1 Warm up Warm up your muscles quickly by walking or performing slow stretches for about two minutes before starting your workout. Cover your limbs to keep the heat in.

Step 2 Choose the right machine Choose a machine that challenges you and keeps your attention. Confronting something you don’t like and overcoming it gets your adrenaline pumping.

Step 3 Rotate quickly Rotate from one cardio machine to another in random order — bike, elliptical machine, treadmill, and Stairmaster — spending 5 minutes on each.

Step 4 Substitute activities Substitute running or jumping rope to keep your rhythm and heart rate up if someone is using a machine you wanted to use.

Step 5 Limit warm up progressively Limit your warm ups as you go from one exercise to the next until, on the last one, you give it all you’ve got.

Step 6 Reserve time for cool down Reserve time for a 2- to 3-minute cool down. Don’t waste the workout and pull a muscle because you rushed the critical minutes after.