Cardio or pilates. Definitely pilates-my gym doesn't offer it, but I have plenty of the DVDs at home. And they really work! I work up a sweat with pilates, and I feel accomplished afterwards as my body feels well-worked and energized.
If I'm at the gym with limited time, I'm all for cardio-the treadmill or stationery bike especially.
Not the gym. I like to spend at least 45 minutes at the gym so if I only have 30 minutes, I'll probably settle for 10 minutes of jumproping and 20 minutes of yoga. Sounds weird, but it works for me. Either that, or a brisk 30-minute walk around my neighborhood.
Do they exist?. I really don't know! My yoga and kickboxing classes are always an hour and a half...unless we're late! I guess, since the question is for 30 minutes, I'll have to go with walking with my husband and son. That's always enjoyable...unless I'm feeling very tired that day.
I do like some of the 30-minute yoga programs on TV. Living Yoga With Padma is an excellent one. Yoga Zone is another one I like.
Ab exercises can take up to 30 minutes if I do enough of them. Sometimes they are the last half hour of kickboxing class. Having a group of guys and gals to compete with when counting out crunches (legs straight up in the air) is motivating and can make you laugh (at that one person who's counting really slowly and grunting) and having a partner push & congratulate you can really feel good.
For 30 minutes I try to get in some extreme intervals that will include serious cardio followed by resistance exercises. Or, I too would like a nice walk/jog and try to push myself to get the maximum cardio benefit. I prefer to do cardio alone for at least 50 minutes- so I make 30 minutes really count!
Now, does this count getting to the gym or do you mean 30 minutes altogether? If it's 30 altogether, I will blast music in my house and run around like a two year old, dancing and rocking out. This also means mixing in things like push-ups and sit-ups.
If you mean once you're at the gym, I like to run for thirty. It's the most effective way to get my heart rate up and keep it up, maximizing the small amount of time I have.
if you are at the gym, do 30 minutes of core body work (i.e. bridges, ball squats with hand weights, step ups (on bench) with medicine ball, floor scissors, etc.) - you break a sweat and focus on building up your core.
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