Sometimes, working out is just too hard. You might not have the time or the energy to bring yourself to the gym, but you still want to get a little bit active. 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.
1One 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 sweat in, the one song workout is the perfect choice for you. And if you’re feeling energized after the one song, keep playing songs until you’re done.
25 Minute Plank Workout
Five minutes, six plank variations. You can work out your abs, chest, butt, back, and core all in 5 minutes. Start with 1 minute of a regular plank, 30 seconds of elbow plank, 30 seconds of raised-leg plank on each side, 30 seconds of side plank on each side, 30 seconds of a regular plank, and finish with 1 minute of elbow plank.
YouTube workouts are lazy girls dream. They’re effective and can be done in the comfort of your room. Although they are typically longer than 5 minutes and can be quite challenging, a YouTube workout is a great way to get a quick sweat in. My favorite fitness YouTubers are the MadFit and Blogilates channels!
45 Minute Abs
Honestly, sometimes all I feel like doing on a regular basis is 5 minutes of abs. But if you’re in a pinch, this is a great 5-minute ab workout.
Start with 45 seconds of planks, then 45 seconds of V-Up, which is when you lift both your hands and feet to meet at your torso.
Next, 45 seconds of the 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 which extending your arm to the ceiling.
Then, 45 seconds 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 45 seconds 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. That’s it! 5 minutes for abs of steel.