People often go great guns when they start exercising (solo, anyways). But then life gets in the way and they fall off the wagon and their fitness level slowly begins to decline.

It doesn’t have to be that way though. It’s much easier to stay fit than it is to get fit. Once you’ve built up your fitness, it is possible to maintain your fitness in as little as five minutes a day.

That’s right, just five minutes. You won’t see improvement, but you CAN avoid losing the fitness you worked so hard to gain during your break from more intense exercise.

So what to do during that five minutes? You’ll want to take cues from your regular workouts and focus on body weight exercises. Here are some movements I recommend, although please adjust for your fitness level and don’t attempt anything you haven’t done already.

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Push ups (full, knee, or wall)

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Calf raises (with or without extra weight)

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Hip bridge (Lie on your back with shoulders and arms on the floor and knees bent, raise your hips up off the floor as high as you can and hold)

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Prone bridge (plank) – from your knees if necessary

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Side bridge. From your knees or feet, on elbow or with supporting arm fully extended.

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Chair dips, with legs bent or fully extended for an increased challenge.

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Squats – sitting back as much as possible, and only if you are accustomed to this movement.

Even a single set of each of these exercises will make a difference. Or break them up, doing two sets of fewer exercises and alternating days.

I don’t recommend this as a permanent solution to your fitness, but if it’s this or nothing, grabbing five minutes to do these movements will go a long way towards preserving your fitness level in the short-term. And if you need help staying on track, we can help with that! Give us a shout!