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Let’s get real: we all know we should exercise. But do we all have the time (or motivation) to do so? Absolutely not.
If you’re finding it hard to squeeze some movement into your busy schedule, start small. Every Wednesday, HuffPost UK asks personal trainers and fitness gurus to recommend a five-minute workout that will make a difference, fast.
In the past year, we’ve had workouts to suit just about everyone, from a morning workout designed to energize early risers to a workout you can complete entirely from your chair. We also address your issues like back pain, stiffness and poor posture without exercise to counteract the impacts of modern life.
Below, we’ve rounded up seven of the most popular five-minute workouts among our readers. Try it next time you find you don’t have time to exercise or visit this page for more options.
1. Try this standing ab workout with zero floor work
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You don’t have to get down on the floor to do sit-ups to work your abs, because with this standing workout, you can make progress anytime, anywhere.
Provided by fitness trainer Courtney Black, it includes moves like sit-ups and standing bikes that can be performed while you wait for the kettle to boil.
Dreaming of a six pack? Find the complete standing ab workout here.
2. Improve your strength in five minutes with isometric holds
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Laura Byrne, a qualified personal trainer who runs the independent studio Fit & Food, provided us with a quick bodybuilding workout focused on isometric grips (aka small but powerful moves that focus on maintaining a static position).
“The benefits? Builds strength, increases core stability, reduces the risk of injury through stronger connective tissue, and improves performance,” she said. “Oh, and finding the willpower to conquer those challenging obstacles as you push through. the tremor… there is a huge mental gain here too.”
Want to feel stronger? Find the isometric retention workout here.
3. If you spend a lot of time sitting on your butt
Many of us – from office workers to drivers – can’t help but spend time sitting on our butts. But a sedentary lifestyle is one of the main causes of back pain and tension. So what to do?
We recommend trying this Myprotein PT Adam Hameed workout, designed to counteract the effects, with some glute opening exercises designed to leave you feeling loose.
Do you spend a lot of time sitting on your ass? Try the workout here.
4. Try This Workout for a Peach Butt
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Speaking of butts, we also have a five-minute butt workout from Vanessa Michielon, founder of Transformative Movement Method.
Michielon recommends the bar for anyone who wants to work their butt (it’s inspired by ballet, pilates and strength training is a great way to activate the glutes safely and effectively).
Try the five-minute butt workout here.
5. This Smart Sequence Will Ease Your Tight Hips
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Created by yoga instructor Aysha Bell, this short stretch sequence is an absolute godsend for those with tight hips.
It is designed to strengthen your hip flexor muscles, which in turn helps to eradicate the tight feeling that is bothering your lower body.
Trust us, this is a cracker. Find the full workout here.
6. This cardio workout will leave you feeling fit
If you just want to feel more fit – whether your motivation is playing with the kids or running for the bus – a quick cardio workout is the answer.
This circuit by Dr. Nandini Mathur Collins on Noom supports sustainable weight loss, improves circulation and boosts mental health. And in just five minutes, you can complete it between meetings or at lunch.
Try the full cardio workout here.
7. And finally, give these arms some love
We share exercises that focus on abs, legs, and butt, but don’t worry, we’ve also covered your arms.
You’ll need some dumbbells (or heavy water bottles) to complete this five-minute workout from personal trainer and fitness influencer Emily Furey.
It tones the arms and strengthens the main muscles (and it’s one of the most popular ones so far). Save this sequence for your next gym session or try it out tonight while watching TV.
Try the full workout here.
Move celebrates exercise in all its forms, with accessible features that encourage you to add movement to your day – because it’s not only good for the body, but also the mind. We get it: workouts can be a bit of a chore, but there are ways you can move more without fear. If you like hiking, biking, YouTube workouts, or hula hoop routines, exercise should be something to have fun with.
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This article was originally published on HuffPost UK and has been updated.