Fitness

How to exercise in 3, 5 and 10 minutes

There’s always time for exercise—really! Incorporate these small moves into your everyday life to gradually build your fitness.

Few of us can find time for a daily hour long workout (though if you’re one of those who can – please share your time-saving secrets!). For the rest of us, snatching moments of downtime throughout the day can be a valuable way to sneak in activity.

Depending on how much time you’ve got – 3 minutes, 5, or 10 – and where you are, choose one of the activities below. We like to think of these sneaky moves as calorie-burning multi-taskers.

 

If you’ve got 3 minutes…


At home: TV commercial breaks were meant for sit-ups — and microwaving last night's leftovers is the perfect time for squats. See how many you can do.
At the office: Making copies? Give your legs a mini workout. Do a right leg lift, then a left. Repeat. 
Out and about: Park a little bit further away than usual. The extra steps you'll earn makes it time well spent, and could help you reach your FitPoints® target faster.

 

If you’ve got 5 minutes…


At home: Don’t just watch water boil. Do some leg lunges or kitchen chair dips to pass the time.
At the office: It’s not just a stapler or a heavy book, it’s a dumbbell! And it’s ideal for bicep and tricep moves.
Out and about: Filling the tank? Why not fill the time with step-ups on the kerb or lunges by your bumper.

 

If you’ve got 10 minutes…


At home: Get the house in order, and boost your fitness too! Vacuum the house, mow your lawn or weed the flower beds.
At the office: Break time? Take it outside. Create mini walking routes that energise your body as well as your mind.
Out and about: Maximise your shopping time. Whatever store you're headed to, enter from the opposite side of the building.

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