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Give This a Try: The 3 Most Effective Exercises for Parents Who Have No Time

We get it. Carving out time to get to the gym for a full workout is just out of the question for most parents. But the science is crystal clear: regular exercise is like a magic pill for health and wellness. It improves energy levels, boosts mood, reduces the risk for every chronic illness, and helps us live longer.

So what’s a busy parent to do? We turned to the science to find out the fastest, simplest way we can get exercise. It turns out that we actually don’t need that much exercise to get some pretty serious health benefits. Studies like this, this, and this show that just 20-seconds of intense exercise, done 3 times a day, significantly improves important health outcomes.  

But if you want to go beyond the bare minimum and build strength and endurance in the most time-effective way, then give this science-backed workout a try. Researchers determined that the most time-effective workout is a pushing exercise (such as push-ups), a pulling exercise (such as pull-ups), and a leg exercise (such as squats), all repeated for one set until you’re exhausted, done four times a week.


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Many parents don’t have enough time to get to the gym or carve out hours each week for exercise. Here are the most time-effective exercises that science shows to produce health benefits—and all can be done at home!

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We get it. Carving out time to get to the gym for a full workout is just out of the question for most parents. But the science is crystal clear: regular exercise is like a magic pill for health and wellness. It improves energy levels, boosts mood, reduces the risk for every chronic illness, and helps us live longer.

So what’s a busy parent to do? We turned to the science to find out the fastest, simplest way we can get exercise. It turns out that we actually don’t need that much exercise to get some pretty serious health benefits. Studies like this, this, and this show that just 20-seconds of intense exercise, done 3 times a day, significantly improves important health outcomes.  

But if you want to go beyond the bare minimum and build strength and endurance in the most time-effective way, then give this science-backed workout a try. Researchers determined that the most time-effective workout is a pushing exercise (such as push-ups), a pulling exercise (such as pull-ups), and a leg exercise (such as squats), all repeated for one set until you’re exhausted, done four times a week.


We get it. Carving out time to get to the gym for a full workout is just out of the question for most parents. But the science is crystal clear: regular exercise is like a magic pill for health and wellness. It improves energy levels, boosts mood, reduces the risk for every chronic illness, and helps us live longer.

So what’s a busy parent to do? We turned to the science to find out the fastest, simplest way we can get exercise. It turns out that we actually don’t need that much exercise to get some pretty serious health benefits. Studies like this, this, and this show that just 20-seconds of intense exercise, done 3 times a day, significantly improves important health outcomes.  

But if you want to go beyond the bare minimum and build strength and endurance in the most time-effective way, then give this science-backed workout a try. Researchers determined that the most time-effective workout is a pushing exercise (such as push-ups), a pulling exercise (such as pull-ups), and a leg exercise (such as squats), all repeated for one set until you’re exhausted, done four times a week.


We get it. Carving out time to get to the gym for a full workout is just out of the question for most parents. But the science is crystal clear: regular exercise is like a magic pill for health and wellness. It improves energy levels, boosts mood, reduces the risk for every chronic illness, and helps us live longer.

So what’s a busy parent to do? We turned to the science to find out the fastest, simplest way we can get exercise. It turns out that we actually don’t need that much exercise to get some pretty serious health benefits. Studies like this, this, and this show that just 20-seconds of intense exercise, done 3 times a day, significantly improves important health outcomes.  

But if you want to go beyond the bare minimum and build strength and endurance in the most time-effective way, then give this science-backed workout a try. Researchers determined that the most time-effective workout is a pushing exercise (such as push-ups), a pulling exercise (such as pull-ups), and a leg exercise (such as squats), all repeated for one set until you’re exhausted, done four times a week.


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