The holiday season makes things a lot more complicated for those of us who would like to stay on top of our fitness. The problem is that our schedules become a lot more complex and busy. As a result of our packed and ever shifting schedules, the things that keep us the healthiest are also often the activities that we’re most likely to drop.
After all, when your choice is to cut out your work, picking up your child from daycare, eating dinner, heading to your company holiday party or your trip to the gym, it’s the gym that normally gets the axe.
Fortunately, there are tons of tiny, five minute workouts that you can do to keep on top of your fitness without needing much time. When it’s just a matter of five minutes, it becomes much more possible to fit your workouts into your schedule. The more of them you can complete in a day, the better, but even finishing one is better than nothing.
The following are some of the types of five minute workout you can do on a lunch break, just before you get dressed to head out to a party or even first thing in the morning before you get going. Try to make a habit of fitting them in whenever you can so you can continue to burn fat, particularly at this time of year when you’re more likely to be eating a higher number of fatty or sugary foods.
These workouts include:
• Jump rope – Get a jump rope with comfortable handles and jump rope as fast as you can for five minutes. To keep from getting bored, mix things up a little bit by switching between jumping on the spot, jumping from left to right on the spot, and jumping in a running motion.
• Lunge walking – Walk up and down a hallway or a long room. This helps to get much more out of the space and out of each step.
• Run – If you must stay in one spot, run right there. If you have some space, such as if you can go outside, run for a couple of minutes, sprint for a minute, then run for another couple of minutes.
• Shovel the snow – In the winter, Mother Nature provides you with an excuse to get some good cardio right there in your driveway. Pay attention to your posture and don’t forget to lift with your legs, not your back.