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Fit in 15 Minutes: Fitness Resources

Yoga girl exercising in front of laptop

Need some inspiration for a short and snappy workout? If you can fit 15 minutes into your schedule, we’ve got the resources to help you get fit. Compiled here are some of my favorite 15-minute or less workout resources, free with your library card.

Hoopla Fitness Videos

Take advantage of Hoopla’s Bonus Borrows. With Hoopla you stream or download content to your devices. Normally you can borrow 25 titles per month, but Hoopla’s “Bonus Borrows” don’t count towards that, so it’s a great way to try out a new workout routine.

Mari Winsor’s Flat Abs Pilates, Episode 3: Bonus Pilates Total Body Workout – 13 minutes

Colleen Saidman’s Yoga for Weight Loss, Episode 5: Bonus Express – 11 minutes

Jillian Michaels’ 10-Minute Body Transformation, Second Edition: 5 different workouts – 10 minutes

Click here to see the rest of the at-home fitness collection through Hoopla’s Bonus Borrows.

Hoopla has plenty of other 15-minute titles; just keep in mind that these next resources do count towards your allotment of 25 ‘borrows’ per month.

Cardio Burn Sculpt, Episode 3: Bonus Core Cardio Workout – 10 minutes

Fit Body Yoga, Episode 4: Bonus Express Toning – 11 minutes

Bollywood Burn with Hemalayaa, Season 1: 3 different workouts – 15 minutes

Click here to see the entire collection of Hoopla’s health and fitness television titles.

On the Web

YouTube is a great resource for videos, but it’s easy to get bogged down searching for just the right workout video at just the right length. That’s why I feel lucky to have come across Lucy Wyndham-Read. She has an entire series of 7-minute workouts that you do for 7 days in a row. No equipment is needed and it’s not so intense that you need to shower afterwards. I’d suggest starting with this one – 7 minutes

I’ve also been following Nike’s #TheLivingRoomCup weekly challenges, where athletes demonstrate a 45-second challenge, and you spend the rest of the week competing against their scores, or just trying to improve your own score each day. – 45 seconds

cards-fitnessDIY Idea – Deck of Playing Cards Workout

Before you get rid of playing cards that don’t contain a full deck, think about turning them into a set of workout cards. Write the name of an exercise on each card—jumping jacks, squats, crunches, burpees, things like that—then shuffle the deck and flip over 7 cards (or more) each day to create your own workout. Make up your own rules. In my version, all face cards equal 15 reps, Aces are 20, and the dreaded Joker is 40 reps. – 10 minutes

Allie is an Adult Services librarian in the Canfield Unit. She loves playing and watching sports, can spin a basketball on her finger, and has run at least a mile every day since January 1, 2005. Her favorite sports books are Friday Night Lights and The Art of Fielding, and her favorite sports movies are Space Jam and Hoosiers. 


Allie is a librarian in the Canfield Unit and has worked in all but 6 of PLYMC’s branches. She’s been a lifelong reader but had never considered librarianship as a career until a friend joked that her quiet house was like a library. Her favorite genres include literary fiction and short stories, and her favorite library programs to lead are creative writing workshops.