Ten Minutes of Intense Workouts are Changing My Life

Jordan Mendiola

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Many people think you need to be in the gym for three hours a day to achieve the body you want. This simply isn’t the case.

It’s an accumulation of how consistent you exercise, the food you eat, and your stress levels.

For thirty days, I experimented on my consistency to exercise. No matter what the workout was, I set a timer for ten minutes and went hard at it for the entire duration.

What I found blew my mind. My stomach had slimmed down a bit, I was in a better mood, and getting ready to workout no longer felt like a chore. 10-minute workouts could change your life too.

Set aside 10 minutes every day that you can commit to.

Are you an early bird? Perfect. Within the first hour of waking up, you can get 10 minutes of intense running in. 

Are you a night owl? That’s cool too. You can lace up late at night and knock out some free-weight workouts like push-ups and situps for ten minutes.

No matter what time of day your ten-minute slot is, you have to be willing and able to commit to it. 

The ten-minute time slot I chose every day is at 7 am. This gives me enough time to work out, shower, and get ready for the workday. 

It’s not too demanding and it’s a time you can look forward to satisfying your body. 

Mix up your exercises in any way you’d like.

If you have a local gym membership, you can walk in hop on your machines, get your reps in, get in, and get out.

It does not have to be that complicated.

The best way to maximize your ten minutes comes with planning. I lay out the workouts I want to do for the week based on what I think would be most beneficial for my body. 

  • Sunday — 10 minutes of abdominal workouts at 1 minute each workout
  • Monday — 10 minute run at 90% speed.
  • Tuesday —10 minutes of push-ups burnout.
  • Wednesday — 10 Minutes of leg-burning squats 
  • Thursday — 10 Minutes of burpees and maximum body movement
  • Friday — 10 minutes Benching, dumbbell curls, or forearm pull.
  • Saturday — 10 Minutes of biking at 90% speed.

That list may look a bit overwhelming, but it’s only 70 minutes a week or 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Not too bad right? That’s what’s so great about the ten-minute workouts per day.

It may seem counterproductive, but the focus is building a habit.

You may be thinking, Jordan, how are 10 minutes going to make a difference? 

It's going to make a difference because you’ll be developing a habit rather than going hard two days a week and stagnating for the rest.

With consistency and hard work, you can bump up your workout sessions to 15 minutes, maybe even 20, as long as you can commit.

Back in the olden days, humans were hunter-gatherers and always had to stay active if we wanted a good meal. Nowadays, we can have food delivered to our doorstep and never have to leave the house.

Ten minutes really isn’t asking for too much. 

Final Thought

Ten minutes of fitness is changing my life, and it can change yours too. It may seem like a chore at first, but once you get into a habit, you’ll be able to do it by second nature.

You don’t have to be a fitness guru to understand that consistent, high-intensity workouts make more of a difference than a few good days. 

Test it out for yourself. Steal my workout routine and let me know what you think! The freedom of choosing your ten minutes isn’t time-consuming and a venture unmotivated individuals can gradually get into!

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Creative entrepreneur, U.S. Army Engineer, and dedicated runner. Committed to sharing ideas that lead to more fulfillment in all areas of life. Email: mendiola1829@gmail.com

Chicago, IL

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