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You can hit up a video on YouTube for instance. You can make a cup of tea. You can have a short play on Minecraft (which quickly becomes much more than five minutes).
Or you can do a highly effective fat burning workout and get that little bit closer to your weight loss/muscle building goals.
Assuming you make the right choice, you might want to try out this workout from Six Pack Shortcuts that promises to absolutely destroy belly fat even in this very short time frame.
Seriously: five minutes!
This five minute routine involves performing 3 exercises for thirty seconds and then repeating. This is a quick and effective way to make any program and especially when you have a short amount of time.
The exercises you’ll be performing in question are:
Here you start in a position similar to a press up, with your arms straight and buttocks a little higher. From there, you’re going to bring your knee in towards your chest under your body and then swap to perform the same motion on the other side. This should look a little as though you’re treading water, jogging on the spot or climbing a ladder. It’s great for your core because it maintains a static contraction and it’s great for burning calories.
Here’s a tip for your circuit programming: include an exercise like the plank.
Why? Because the plank provides a form of ‘active recovery’. What this means, is that the exercise is light enough that it can provide you with a break during your circuit.
This means in turn that you won’t have to have a set ‘recovery’ period which in turn means you can keep moving and keep the intensity up. This is particularly useful if you’re trying to save yourself time.
But though the exercise is easy, it’s still challenging enough to have serious benefit. In particular, the plank is great for your transverse abdominis which helps to keep the stomach flat for great looking abs.
Finally, you’ll be finishing with crunches where the objective is to touch your elbows to your knees. When doing this, you’ll be starting out with your knees raised. You can also perform this with your legs up on a sofa or chair.
Whenever you perform crunches, it’s crucial to ensure that you are ‘rolling’ your stomach up as you move in. This is different from ‘folding’ at the waist – which actually uses your hip flexors much more than your abs.
And there you have it: a highly effective workout that will train your abs and really burn away fat. This is a great combination of movements because it offers cardio while working both the rectus and transverse abdominis.
But you can make other five minute workouts yourself using the same formula: simply take three exercises that work well and apply the same circuit approach.