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Burn 300 calories in 30 minutes

Do you desperately want to get in better shape for spring and summer but just can’t find the time for a long, sweaty workout? Whether you are a full-time working mom of three or just a single gal with a very demanding career, it’s hard to fit in a workout during those 16-hour days.

Woman on elliptical

Don’t let your goals to get in better shape disappear just because of a hectic schedule. Instead, try one of these four super-effective workouts that take just 30 minutes and can burn more than 300 calories!

With these quick (30 minutes or less), calorie-burning workouts, time will no longer be your scapegoat (or your enemy) and you’ll find yourself squeezing more time into your schedule for workouts!

Gym workout: Elliptical intervals

This butt-kicking workout uses one of the most popular gym cardio machines, the elliptical. Although running without any resistance or incline for 30 minutes is better than nothing, it will not get you the results you seek. Instead, pump up your elliptical workouts by adding intervals (2 to 3 minutes of high-intensity workouts) to your moderate running to blast more calories and tone your muscles. If you are new to intervals, limit your high-intensity intervals to just one or two minutes to ease yourself in. Just remember, the harder you push yourself, the more calories you will burn and the stronger you will get! To understand the RPE (rate of perceived exertion) level, check out the CDC’s RPE Chart.

Interval workout: 30 minutes



What you do

warm up
Increase resistance by 2
Decrease speed
Increase speed
Decrease speed
Increase speed and incline by 1
Decrease speed
Increase speed, resistance by 1
Work out at moderate intensity
Decrease resistance
Increase resistance by 1 or 2
Work out at high intensity
Cool down

RPE Level


Intense fitness DVDs for home workouts

The economy is still struggling and one of the first things many families had to cut back on was gym memberships. However, don’t think you need to a workout facility to lose weight and get your workout in. Due to the high demand of in-home exercise, there are a number of high-intensity workout DVDs that can burn major calories from the comfort of your own home. No more being embarrassed by fit people at the gym or worrying about your appearance — plus you’ll have more time to focus on your workouts! Below are three top DVDs for a quick, calorie-blasting workout.

Get Ripped 1,000 with Jari Love

Get Ripped 1,000 with Jari Love, $15. This DVD is no joke — you can burn up to 1,000 calories by completing the entire 70-minute workout. In addition, with absolutely no downtime to catch your breath, you’ll be moving nonstop. However, if you work out for just 30 minutes with this DVD, you can still burn more than 350 calories! If you’re going to cut the workout in half, be sure to also give yourself time to cool down.
Patrick Goudeau Step Up,

Patrick Goudeau Step Up, $25. If you’re looking for an easy-to-follow DVD that will give you amazing results, this one is for you. You can burn up to 710 calories by doing the entire 60-minute video or more than 300 by completing 30 minutes! Goudeau sets up cardio combinations that even the most novices exercisers can follow.
Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30

Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30, $15. If you’ve ever seen Jillian Michaels on TV, you know she’s very passionate about what she does. This DVD is no different. You can burn up to 300 calories in one of her 25-minute workouts by doing intervals and circuits of toning exercises like lunges and squats paired with cardio and abs exercises. Like her other DVDs, she doesn’t believe in downtime, so you’ll be sweating and moving the entire time.

Whoever said you needed to work out for hours a day to get results? Take 30 minutes and try these gym or home workouts!

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