It is well known that the best type of exercise is what you do. So when you are having a busy life, or your motivation is weak, anything that moves you, even for a short time, can be good for your health.
Indeed, “exercise snacks” – aka bite-sized workouts – have their own proven benefits, including improved mood, energy and metabolic function. Maybe you can fit a HIIT marshal during lunch break, have a quick stretch session to avoid the afternoon slump, or start your morning with cardio.
Fortunately, over the years, Well + Good has created a complete library of five-minute workout videos that fit any mood. Whether you want to unleash your energy, awaken yourself or give yourself some delicious self-care, it takes a few minutes.
So, what are you in the mood for?
When you want a shot of endorphins
If you want to supercharge your body and mind, a HIIT workout is what the doctor has ordered. HIIT uses a lot of energy for a short period of time and contains protein which is involved in increasing the flow of happiness.
When you are feeling lazy and need a reminder that you are rocking
This mood-boosting workout combines reassurance and movement. Teacher Patricia Moreno will lead you through a series of cardio steps associated with mantras of strength and gratitude. Routine will pump your heart out, and confirmations can help you get your brain back on track for confidence.
When you need to let go of tension
Foam rolling can help deepen your breathing and calm your nervous system. So if you feel aroused then you deserve to treat yourself to a pleasant self-massage session. This video focuses on getting into your hamstring, calf, IT band and glute.
When you want to feel strong
If you are in the mood to move some hills then this workout is for you. Instructor Charlie Atkins has put together serious power moves like planks and bears that will remind you how bad you are.
When you have to give up your anger
We were all there. When an old frenzy posts something annoying on social media, fight that humble arrogance by punching and pushing. Side note: It is entirely up to you who you will portray as your opponent in this workout. We will not say.
When you need to focus
A plank challenge will remind you how strong and stable you are. And even if five minutes is hard, the necessary focus will help you breathe and eventually bring you closer to any other fitness goal.
When you want to feel tall and confident
Thirst for a barry class, but less time, and, well, the ability to go to a class? This workout lengthens your spine while hitting strong muscle groups like quads, oblique and gluteal.
When you are bursting with energy
Here’s a cardio core workout for those days when you just got 6 Move. The time it takes you to heat a microwave dish, you can pump your heart, your blood can flow and your abs can burn.
When you are only in the mood to work
This yoga-inspired flow combines cat-cow and down-facing dog-like stretched rice with high-octane positions such as board and boat postures. It’s the best of both worlds.
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