5 Easy Ways to Work Out in 5 Minutes or Less

Give one of these one-minute, equipment-free workouts a try when you’re pressed for time.

5 Easy Ways to Work Out in 5 Minutes or Less

No time to work out? Luckily for you, short bouts of exercise can be as effective as a long gym session. We’ve gathered together five moves that will get your heart rate going, while toning all parts of your body. From mountain climbers to lunges, these moves will work your arms, abs, legs, butt, and shoulders. Do each move for one minute, and you’ll be sure to feel the burn the day after. No excuses: Just five minutes and your living room floor is all you need to break a sweat and blast calories.

More: Start the Get Moving! Challenge Today

Arms: Burpees With Push-ups

Burpees are the ultimate fat burning and strength-building exercise move. Go into a squat position, put your hands on the floor, and kick back your feet to land in a push-up position. Do a full push-up to strengthen those arm muscles, return to squat position, and jump up high. After 60 seconds of this move you’ll without doubt have to wipe away that sweaty brow.

Watch: Back to Basics: Push-Ups

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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