5 Workouts That Take 5 Minutes

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You’re busy, and sometimes you don’t have time to get to the gym for a long workout. However, everyone has a few minutes to spare throughout the day, and there are workouts designed to burn optimal calories in only 5 minutes. So on days where you can’t imagine taking time to head to a gym, just set aside a few minutes to do one of these workouts. They’re guaranteed to get you results.

1. Quick circuit training

If you’ve only got 5 minutes to spare, there’s a good chance you’re not going to have any gym equipment nearby, said Ben Greenfield, fitness and triathlon expert, in a Huffington Post article. Instead, use your own body weight to your advantage. Greenfield recommends this circuit.

  • 25 jumping jacks
  • 20 crunches
  • 15 slow, controlled squats
  • 10 slow, controlled pushups
  • 10 burpees (squat-thrust-jumps)

2. Jumping rope

According to Health, you can burn about 68 calories in 5 minutes with one simple exercise: jumping rope. Set a timer and jump rope as fast as you can for the next 5 minutes. Just like that, workout complete.

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