Sometimes, working out is just too exhausting. You might not have the time or the energy to bring yourself to the gym, but you still want to get your heart rate up. Sometimes, the most you can bring yourself to do is a few ab exercises while on your eighth episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Here is a set of workout ideas that take no more than 5 minutes and can be done just about anywhere.
1. One Song Workout
Put on your favorite pump-up song and get moving. If you have less than 5 minutes and want to get a quick heart rate boost in, the one song workout is the perfect choice for you. Do sit ups, push ups, and jumping jacks in a circuit. And if you’re feeling energized after the one song, keep playing songs until you’re done.
2. 5-Minute Plank Workout
Five minutes, 8 plank variations. You can work out your abs, chest, butt, back, and core all in 5 minutes. Start with 1 minute of a regular standard high plank, 30 seconds rocking your heels up toward the ceiling and back on the mat, 30 seconds of a high plank with opposite shoulder touch (bring right hand up to left shoulder and back; and left to right), 30 seconds of an elbow plank, 30 seconds of raised-leg plank on each side, 30 seconds of side plank on each side, 30 seconds of a regular elbow plank, and finish with 1 minute of downward dog.
3. YouTube Workout
YouTube workouts are lazy girl’s dream. They’re effective and can be done in the comfort of your own room. Although they are typically longer than 5 minutes and can be easy to challenging, a YouTube workout is a great way to get a quick sweat in. Our favorite fitness YouTubers are the MadFit and Blogilates channels!
4. 5-Minute Abs
If you’re in a pinch, this is a great 5-minute ab workout.
Start with 1 minute of planking, then 1 minute of V-Up’s, which is when you lay flat on your back and lift your shoulders, hands and feet to meet at your torso.
Next, 1 minute of a plank with T rotation, which is just a regular plank but you alternate rotating each side of your body so that your shoulder is above your wrist while extending your arm to the ceiling.
Then, 1 minute of the core roll up which starts with you lying flat on the ground, and then rolling your body up so that your fingers touch your toes.
Last, comes 1 minute of mountain climbers, which has you in a plank position while bringing your knee under your torso and to your elbow and alternating on each side.