I’m one of those people who gets easily bored when exercising continuously. No matter how many times I tried running, it wasn’t the cramps or short breath that stopped me, but sheer boredom. I’m a huge fan of quick moves done in bursts: HIIT and tabata speak to me. This series is a full body 5 minute workout routine that gets the heart rate up quickly and allows me to fit exercise into breaks between work.
Each move should be done for 30 seconds, some moves, such as the single leg squat, should be done twice on one side then twice on the other and repeated. Lunges are alternate legs.
If you feel like the intensity is too high for you, reduce the time each move is done by 10 seconds and slowly try to build up to 30. For a real challenge, you can do each move for 45 seconds, taking a 30 second break halfway.
The whole 5-minute routine burns approximately 30 calories (based on 135lb woman). That’s 60/10minutes and 360 calories for an hour! Try doing the sequence a few times a day, whenever you have a few minutes, to get the benefits of exercise and a significant calorie burn!
1. High Knees
4. Mason Twist
5. Jumping Jacks
6. Leg Raise & Hold
7. Plank to Pushup
9. Reverse Plank
10. Single-Leg Squat
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