One of the most common excuses for a lack of exercise is not having enough time during the day. While a lack of motivation to exercise is the more likely the cause, most people really are pressed for time with the busy schedules and the daily obligations of family, friends, school or the workplace. If you are using a lack of time as your excuse for skipping out on a regular workout, then you might want to try these five minute routines you can alternate throughout the week:
This is a five minute workout routine that focuses on high intensity interval training (HIIT). The HIIT method of exercise has been shown to be very effective at burning fat using short, highly intense workouts. The idea is to push yourself to your utmost limits, hitting physical extremes that you would not be able to achieve under longer durations, but can be accomplished in short bursts. Here is an example of a five minute, HIIT routine that can be done just about anywhere, and doesn't even require any fitness equipment:
Your goal is to complete the entire circuit of exercises within the five minute period. Aim for the maximum repetitions you can accomplish per exercise, moving at the fastest pace possible. Also make sure you aren't sacrificing proper form and full repetitions for speed. You can increase your workout difficulty by adding more repetitions to each exercise.
Fooling around with gym equipment and constantly adding and removing free-weights from fitness bars take away precious time from your workout. With only five minutes of workout time, you've got to make the most out of your routine without having to deal with any prep time. To get yourself started on this routine, grab a set of dumbbells ranging between 5 pounds to 15 pounds. Lighter weights are easier to manage, and can be easily stored, allowing you to perform this workout routine from just about anywhere. Here are some dumbbell workouts that encompass almost all of the major muscle groups:
Five minutes of cardio sounds simple enough. You can spend five minutes on a cardio machine like the elliptical or a treadmill. You can also spend five minutes walking up and down a flight of stairs, or you can go for a five minute walk while on break to help stay slim at your cubicle.
However, if you really want to turn things up a notch, increase the intensity of your five minute cardio session with these workouts:
With five minute workout routines, there is no excuse for skipping out on your daily exercise regimen. To maximize your fitness goals, make sure you rotate these three routines throughout the week, and workout every single day. Don't be afraid to limit yourself to one, five minute workout session per day. Try working in up to two or even all three routines in one day; that's only 15 minutes of workout time, which most people can easily spare.