No time to work out? Here are 5 exercises to do, for just 5 minutes a day (you can spread them out over the day) and they are guaranteed to boost your metabolism and burn fat.
1. Jumping Jacks
Do jumping jacks for 5 minutes when you get the chance. This small bursts of energy will help revv up even the most sluggish of metabolisms and kick start your day with great energy. To perform a jumping jack, stand up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart and let your arms hang down by your sides. Jump up just off of the ground and spread your legs, while quickly raising your arms high up over your head until your hands almost touch. Keep your hands open with your palms facing away from you during the first part of the movement. Bring your feet back to shoulder width while quickly lowering your arms back down to your sides to finish the first jumping jack repetition. You may increase the intensity of your jumping jack workout by wearing wrist and ankle weights. Adding these weights will make it harder to perform jumping jacks at the same speed, so make sure that you still use the proper form.
2. Mountain Climbers
It is tough to find exercises that do not consume too much time, yet have the ability burn fat. Well good news is, mountain climbers is one of them that can! The most important thing to remember while doing the mountain climber is to ensure angle perfection. The angle at which your legs are moving actually give you the results.
Step 1 – lie down with your face directed towards the floor
Step 2 – straighten your arms and touch the knees to the ground
Step 3 – lift yourself with the help of your hands such that your hands come direct under your chest but keep them a bit wider than the shoulders
Step 4 – keep the legs in the stretched manner and they must be in line with the remaining body. You can follow any similar position in which you feel comfortable
Burpees have a reputation of being a routine used in exercise! Not true, if you do it the right way, you will begin to enjoy it – especially when you see the fat melt way in just doing 5 min per day of this combination of squat, push-up, and vertical jump. Burpees works your entire body, including those important core muscles, while increasing your cardio endurance.
Begin in the standing position, then:
Sit into a squat.
Kick your feet behind you so you’re in a push-up position.
Lower your chest to the ground.
Press back up to complete the push up.
Pull your feet back in so you’re in squat position.
Jump up in the air and clap your hand above your head. Repeat
4. Side Plank Star
A modified version of the plank exercise, the Side Plank Star works the abs and obliques like few other exercises can and burn fat at an unbelievable rate! If you want a challenge, add the Bosu ball to the mix. The side plank star is an advanced core body exercise which targets your abs, obliques, hips, and upper body, whilst promoting strength gains and increased stability and balance.
To perform the side plank star exercise:
Lie on your side with your right forearm resting on the ground and your feet on top of one another.
Lift your body off the ground supported by your forearm and feet, into the side plank position.
Seperate your legs from one another raising the uppermost leg into the air.
Hold this star position for desired time and lower the leg back down. Repeat for the set, then swap sides.
5. Push ups
The push-up is a fundamental upper-body strength exercise that is incredibly versatile and has many variations for developing strength and definition and burning fat.
Lie face down on the floor with hands slightly wider than shoulder width.
Push down on the floor with the hands and raise the body up by extending the arms.
Lower the body back down to the floor by bending at the arms and repeat.
Maintain a straight body throughout the exercise.
There, by just doing each routine for just 5 minutes at a time (splitting it up throughout the day), you would have completed 25 minutes of fat burning exercises. There, that wasn’t so tough was it?
Which is your favourite of the 5 and why? Which is your least favourite? 🙂