#MotivationMonday: 5 Easy 5-Minute Workouts

No more excuses…everyone has 5 minutes.

Alright, so you’re interested in staying in good enough shape that your clothes still fit, but you don’t seem to have time for anything besides work, food, and the occasional happy hour to maintain your best friendships. If this is you, you’re not alone.

A LOT of people out there feel like they have no extra time in their day and it’s understandable. Every way we spend our time during the day is made to feel important. It’s essential to eat, it’s essential to finish your work, and it’s essential to sleep – at least 6 hours. Even checking in with social media feels absolutely essential, as though we’re going to miss a golden ticket or the most important news of all time if we fail to log on regularly. All of this leaves little to no time for the gym, right?

WRONG. It doesn’t matter if you’re the busiest person on the planet, you still have 5 minutes to spend on your fitness. You don’t need to be worried about a ripped 6 pack or having the biggest biceps in the locker room. All of that isn’t important in comparison to staying generally healthy. Above average health can be achieved in only 5 minutes per day.

Now that you’re convinced – you are convinced, right? – here’s what to do:

Push Ups and Squats

Perform 30 seconds worth of pushups immediately followed by 30 seconds of squats, then repeat 4 times in a row. This one can actually leave you sweating, so maybe not the best lunch hour routine unless you have access to a shower.

Increase Your Distance

Do you drive to work? Park your car at the VERY back of the parking lot or at least 5 minutes away from the office. Do you take public transit? Get off one stop early and walk. This additional movement will kickstart your body towards burning off additional calories.

Hold the Plank

Get into plank position and hold for 45 seconds, resting for 15 seconds, then repeat 4 more times. This will strengthen your core and lower back so you won’t be in so much pain sitting at your desk all day.

Walk Off Lunch

Schedule a phone call for immediately after lunch and take the call with you while you walk around the office or surrounding area for five minutes. Not only will this help with digestion, but it will boost your metabolism to help burn off some of the excess lunch calories.

Intervals

This is another one that will probably leave you sweaty, so plan accordingly. Find an open stretch and jog for 30 seconds, then sprint for 30 seconds. Repeat this 5 times and feel the burn. This will burn the maximum amount of calories for any of these workouts, so be prepared to work.

Boom! That’s all there is to it! Hopefully by performing these moves on a regular basis – maybe even try assigning one for each day of the work week – you’ll start to introduce yourself to the the benefits of staying fit which will encourage you to make more time in your day for the gym or a workout class. The healthier you live, the better you’ll be prepared for anything that life throws your way.

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