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.
Published 17 September, 2018

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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