Sometimes, it gets difficult to get up every morning and go for that jog or a cycling trip around the block. There are days when you feel like you want to just skip going to the gym, and that you will most definitely go the next day; but you end up missing more than just a day. Days become weeks and weeks become months; and if you are remotely close to being a normal human being (read not a fitness enthusiast) you will just give up completely. This is more common than you think; thousands of people can relate to this feeling. But there are ways to combat it, and it doesn’t have to be rigorous training for hours each day!
All you need is a few minutes to spare every day, it could be morning, evening or night. But set a time and stick to it; we’re not asking for hours but just minutes that you can easily squeeze in each day.
You don’t need to do 100s of squats each day. Start with five and work your way up to 30 in a week’s time, if you feel your body can take it. While doing this, make sure that your body weight is equally divided between your right and left leg. Another thing to keep in mind is your posture, try to keep your back straight and don’t hunch. Remember to make your glutes work for you. Squats each day won’t take more than a couple of minutes, and trust us, it is totally worth your time.
This is probably one of the easiest exercises, because there’s not much that can go wrong here. Wear comfortable socks and shoes and just get to it. It will raise your heart beat and ensure that there’s good blood flow in the body. You can continue the exercise for at least 60 seconds and then take a break for 15 seconds before you move on to the next exercise.
Start with a few push-ups and keep pushing yourself everyday to do more within 60 seconds. You can add many variations once you feel that the push-ups are becoming easier. After a few weeks of consistent training, you can start trying burpees too!
Lie down on your back and place your feet flat on the floor by bending your knees; then simply lift your hips and stomach off the floor and bring it down again. You have to ensure that the weight is equally divided for this one too and don’t forget to breathe. Breathing is one of the key elements of every exercise routine.
If you do it correctly, planks can prove to be one of the most beneficial exercises for your entire body. Start with 10 seconds and go up to a minute, once you get the hang of it. A tip that might help is not looking at the watch, the more you look at the seconds that pass by, the more tempted you will be to let go. Look at an object and focus your attention on that instead of thinking about the seconds on the timer!
Each of the exercises can be performed for 60 seconds, with a total of at least 5 minutes plus a proper warm up will help with the blood circulation in your body.
Once you build the stamina with these quick exercises, you will realise that everyday tasks become easier. You won’t feel drained out all the time, instead you will find the time to complete tasks that you were shying away from.
Start from this very moment, it will just take 5!