While I love to be out and running on the trails for hours, I am also VERY aware that sometimes, that’s not an option—in fact, for most of us, it’s rarely an option. That’s why last week on CXHair’s Podcast, I talked A LOT about my sub-15 minute morning core and yoga routine that I’ve been doing now every morning for the last 5 years. It’s changed a bit since I started, but ultimately, it’s combined some core (mainly planks but a few dynamic movements) with a yoga flow plus some more PT-type exercises that help me with my knee and hip issues. That 15 minutes is pretty easy to sneak in right when I wake up and it adds up to nearly 2 hours a week of training—or 100 hours per year. When you put it like that, suddenly, using that 15 or 30 minutes that you DO have to train makes a lot of sense, right? So when Rally asked me to do a piece on how short you could make a workout (and what to do in that time), I was psyched because it’s a topic I’m super passionate about. It’s so easy to skip the workout because you can’t do the full 90minutes or however long… but what if you could get a huge chunk of the physical and mental benefits by doing a shorter version? (Spoiler alert: You absolutely can reap huge benefits in just a few minutes.) But read the whole piece for the science and for some expert-backed suggestions for the top workouts to choose from.
About Molly Hurford
Molly Hurford is a journalist in love with all things cycling, running, nutrition and movement-related. When not outside, she’s writing about being outside and healthy habits of athletes and interviewing world-class athletes and scientists for The Consummate Athlete. She’s the author of multiple books and her most recent project, Shred Girls, is a young adult fiction series and online community focused on getting girls excited about bikes. She also writes regularly for publications including Bicycling magazine, Outside, Map My Run, and Nylon. Molly is a little obsessed with getting people—especially women—psyched on adventure and being outside, and she regularly hosts talks and runs clinics for cyclists and teaches yoga online and IRL… And in her spare time, the former Ironman triathlete and cyclist now spends time racing ultra-runs on trails. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @mollyjhurford
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