FAB FIVE: 5 EXERCISES FOR A GREAT WORKOUT IN 5 MINUTES OR LESS
The Fab Five: 5 Exercises to Help You Get a Great Workout in 5 Minutes or Less
All of us want to look and feel our best selves physically, but it’s safe to say that most of us don’t have a massive amount of time to commit to working out. Between work life, home life, church life, and whatever social life you have left after all of that, finding the room to squeeze in a good workout can be challenging. However, it is not impossible. There are exercises you can do for just a few minutes that will give your metabolism a jumpstart, give your heart rate a good boost, burn some calories and help you strengthen your body. Let’s get into this!
The plank is one of those deceptively easy exercises because it only requires that you stay in one position for the duration of the exercise. But after about 1 minute, the plank easily becomes my least favorite exercise. What is great about planking is that it’s a whole body workout with a primary focus on your core (abdomen). A strong core is a key to a strong body, and just a few minutes of this exercise will give your core, arms, and legs a good burn.
The deadlift is another powerhouse exercise because every major muscle group is activated when performing this exercise. Yep, every single one. And if that wasn’t reason enough to get off the couch and get moving, it turns out that lifting weights and resistance training can actually help you lose weight because it boosts your metabolism and burns calories even after you’ve finished the exercise. Plus, deadlifts tend to be a pretty simple and pretty safe exercise for most people which makes it easy to do and minimizes the risk of injury.
If you’re anything like me you didn’t get excited to see the word Burpees in this list. Truth be told, burpees are my least favorite exercise on the planet. There, I said it. Why do I dislike them so much? For all the same reasons that the exercise is really good for you. For starters, burpees are a full body workout. Only a few reps in and every part of your body will be feeling it, but it’s a great exercise for targeting more than one muscle group at a time. Burpees are also pretty intense. If you are looking for an exercise that will get your heart rate up into the optimal target zone for maximum calorie burn, burpees are for you. That intensity also makes burpees a great metabolism kick-starter and calorie-burning exercise.
If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve noticed I have a thing for full-body workouts. Why not get more bang for your buck? Or I guess, more bang for your sweat and effort in this case. So it should come as no surprise that jumping rope also falls into that category. Another huge benefit of jumping rope is that it burns more calories per minute than running and boosts cardiovascular levels. Plus, it helps to improve flexibility, rhythm, and muscle tone. You don’t even need a real jump rope to get the benefits. The simple act of pretending to jump rope will do the trick just the same.
Last but certainly not least, we have mountain climbers. This hardcore exercise is right up there with burpees if you ask me, but they’re on this list because they are awesome (for your body that is). This full body exercise is especially beneficial for strengthening legs and core muscles. Plus, the non-stop movement of your legs gets your heart rate up and your metabolism revving.
There you have it ladies- The Fab 5. These exercises will burn mega-calories, jumpstart your metabolism, and tone/ strengthen your whole body. What I love most about all of these exercises is that you can do them pretty much anywhere, no gym or equipment needed. Pick one or two of the exercises on this list and do them non-stop for one or two minutes right when you wake up or just before you get in the shower. Or challenge yourself and do each exercise on this list for 60 seconds each. Talk about a workout- you’ll be a bit tired and perhaps a little sore immediately after, but your body and mind will thank you.
Staff Writer at Christian En Vogue
Diamond Grant is passionate follower of Christ with a deep love for writing. After rededicating her life to Christ during her college years, Diamond became an advocate for women pursuing mental, emotional, and physical health/wellness. When she is not busy being a homeschooling mama to her son or mentoring women on the road to healing, you can find her with a stack of books and a journal nearby ready to take notes.