Working out doesn’t have to eat up large chunks of your time. Try this 5-minute dumbbell workout to build muscle and improve joint strength and cardio fitness.
For instance, doing workouts of 10 minutes or less throughout the day was associated with a lower risk of early death, according to a March 2018 review in the Journal of the American Heart Association. In addition, researchers of an October 2019 review in Sports Medicine found no difference in how micro-workouts and longer, continuous bouts of exercise affected blood pressure and heart health.
Exercising in short bursts also allows you to easily fit exercise into your daily schedule. Instead of trying to block out 30 minutes for exercise three or four days a week, you can fit in a quick 5-minute workout every day.
To help get you started, here is a 5-minute dumbbell workout made up of three exercises that help you build muscle and joint strength and improve cardio fitness. Set a timer for 5 minutes and perform each exercise for the amount of reps listed below. Cycle through the three exercises until the 5 minutes is up.
With this quick workout, you get everything necessary to strengthen your body in a way that realistically conforms to your schedule while providing tons of health benefits.