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Exercise is a huge part of leading a healthy and happy lifestyle. Of course, we’re all aware that it keeps your body fit, strong and flexible. But did you know that it releases endorphins, helping us to feel positive, optimistic and generally great too? This is why it’s recommended that the average adult gets one hundred and fifty minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week, or seventy five minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise per week. Now, a lot of us don’t manage to keep up with this amount of exercise. Why? Well, often we put too much pressure on ourselves. We feel that we need to hit the gym every day and consequently fall off track, experience feelings of failure and give up entirely. Instead, why not try out some five minute workouts? These are short, sweet and much easier to incorporate into your daily routine. Here are a few that you might want to try out!
Five Minute Cardio Workout
Cardio workouts are great for getting your heart rate up. They can burn fat and calories, increase your lung capacity, strengthen your heart and improve your mood. The following five minute workout should help you to break a sweat and experience these benefits. Make sure to take breaks if you need!
Five Minute Strength Workout
Strength training will help to increase your strength and endurance. If possible, invest in some handheld weights that can be used at home to enhance your strength oriented workouts. Then, you can carry out the five minute workout below.
Five Minute Yoga Workout
Yoga is a great form of exercise that can help to increase your strength, balance and flexibility. There are countless different vinyasa or “flows” that you can try out. These are sequences string together multiple different poses that target different areas of your body. The most famous flow, especially among beginners, is “sun salutations”. This flow usually takes between four and five minutes. There are plenty of video tutorials and apps that will guide you through the poses, which are outlined below:
This isn’t a conclusive list of all of the five minute workouts out there, but hopefully, it highlights just how different five minute workouts can be. What’s important is that you find a five minute workout that you enjoy and that you try your hardest with it. If you can’t complete the full five minutes at first, simply work your way up. You’ll get there eventually!
Do you workout at home or do you prefer to exercise outdoors? Let us know how you keep fit in the comments below!