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Why Five Minutes of Exercise Makes a Big Difference in Your Fitness

According to MayoClinic.com, the number one reason people don’t exercise on a regular basis is lack of time. I hear the same thing from clients.

But lack of time also tops my list of excuses for not exercising that are crap.

Our world is a busy one. I run my own business, so I get it. Yet, have you ever asked yourself how much time you waste on Facebook, reality TV or complaining you don’t have time to exercise? In the time you spent complaining you could have done something!

To start many of my clients off, I give them exercise homework that takes 5 minutes or less. A Cornell University study found that just 5 minutes of exercise per day can result in fitness gains and improve our self image. It can go a long way toward forming the habit of being active and chances are once you get going you’ll want to do more than those 5 minutes.

If you feel you don’t have time for exercise, try doing one of these 5 minutes or less workouts. If you’re feeling ambitious, do them multiple times a day. Bonus: most of them can be done while you are watching Downton Abbey.

Plank: A plank works everything from the shoulders to the calves. Hold one a day for as long as possible. Compete against friends on Twitter with the hash tag #plankaday.

Kettlebell Swings: Swings are both a strength and cardio activity. Do 3-5 sets of 12 swings each.

Push ups and Squats: These two exercises will work your whole body with no equipment necessary. Do 2 sets of each, 10-15 repetitions and minimal rest between sets.

Walk: Get outside for some natural vitamin D. Pump your arms or add a 30 second sprint or two. Not only is 5 minutes of walking good for your body but those 5 minutes of “green exercise” are also great for your mental health.

Hula Hoop: Swirling your hips makes for a great no-impact cardio workout as well as strengthening your core.

Five minutes a day will go a long way in improving how you feel and building the habit of physical activity. 5 minutes, however, is not the key to fat loss. But it’s a great start on the road to feeling great and being healthier!

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March 1st, 2013

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