HEALTH & FITNESS
We all have those days where we just want to throw in the towel and be done with it. Whether it's stress from work or sitting in traffic, chances are you're tired and working out is the last thing you want to do.
But the truth is that exercising will actually help you in the long run and will also help build your adaptability to stress over time. You can't go wrong with a little exercise!
The following is a workout you can do on those busier days. Whether it's five minutes in the morning, at lunch, or at night, carve out a little time whenever it works best for you and your body. What's great about this workout is that you don't need any equipment- just yourself! You will use your own body weight that targets all the major muscle groups for this quick workout. Got even more time? Repeat it again like a circuit!
5 Minute Total Body Workout
1. Jumping Jacks- 1 minute
We all know this one from grade school. Jump out into a Big X shape with your body and jump back to center. Great for a warm-up and keeping your coordination skills sharp!
2. Squats- 1 minute
Stand with your feet parallel just outside the hips. Bend the knees so they are in line with the toes, sinking the hips down. Press back up, squeezing the booty at the top.
3. Plank- 30 seconds
Come down onto the floor to a plank position. (The base of a push-up.) Place the hands under the shoulders and press back through the heels so the entire body is in one piece parallel to the floor. Lower to the knees to modify.
4. Tricep Push Ups- 30 seconds
From your plank, bend the elbows into the rib cage, so they point straight back. Lower the body down to hover above the floor in one piece, then press the ground away as you lift back up to a plank position.
5. Alternating Lunges- 1 minute
From standing, step one foot as far forward as you can, into a lunge position. Make sure the front knee remains stacked over the ankle. Squeeze the booty to work the seat muscles and hug the inner thighs into the center for balance. Step back to where you started and change sides repeatedly.
6. Bicycle Crunches- 1 minute
Lie down on your back and bend your knees into your chest. Carefully curl the head up with the hands delicately supporting the neck and head. Twist to the right and extend the left leg out, then change sides, twisting to the left, bending the left knee in and extending the right. Repeat.
There you go! You’ve done it. With this quick workout you have warmed up and activated our muscles all in five minutes. Nice work!