5 Minutes for Fitness: Every little bit counts

There are days when I barely have time to brush my hair, much less do a full workout. Yesterday was one of those days and this is when creativity is key. No matter how busy our days may be, everyone has time for at least 5 minutes of fitness.

Here is what I managed to do:

*60 walking lunges to/from the mailbox
*50 squats while on hold with the doctor’s office
*15 push ups while playing on the floor with the baby
*15 tricep dips off the coffee table
*1 minute of jumping rope in the garage
*1 minute of wall squats while holding the baby on my lap (try this one, it is TOUGH!)
*1 minute of low plank before I finally went to bed

It’s not going to get me to the Olympics, but every little bit counts! (and thankfully, I own a lot of hats! :) )

How are you going to add 5 minutes of fitness to your day today?

This column is hosted by Lisa. She can be found doing squats and lunges over at Workout Mommy.


  1. says

    Thanks for the reminder. I did indeed forget to brush my hair yesterday. Now I shall put ‘brush hair’ on my ‘to do’ list for today.

  2. says

    Thanks for this post, Lisa. It’s so easy to get caught up in making excuses about how there’s no time for fitness, but as you pointed out, mini-work out routines can be built into anyone’s schedule! I’m definitely going to follow your example to try out some of these, especially the low planks!

  3. says

    Ummm… Susan here again.

    Lisa, I have a problem.

    I just tried. I cannot even do 1 real push-up. Oh my gosh. I knew I was an out of shape wimp, but I had no idea I couldn’t squeak out one proper push-up!

    So I reverted to “woman’s push-ups” and I could only do 3!!!

    I’m so embarrassed… I can’t even believe I’m admitting this!

    Well, you can bet I’m going to work on this problem. I will gradually keep taking short breaks from my computer and trying to do a few more “woman’s push-ups” and try to work my way up to the real thing.

    Wow! I wish I were you!!! I can’t even imagine being so fit. Sigh. Well, I’d better quit wishing and whining and start listening and doing!

    Thanks Coach!

  4. says

    I’ve come to the conclusion that physical exercise is a mommy-necessity. Mommies, out of all people, need to exert serious energy. We drive our kids to the park to let them let out pent up energy, but what about us? Come check out my blog about how I am getting some much needed exercise… I will post it next week. I love the mailbox lunges!

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  6. says

    What I do everyday is sit on a balance ball while I am at my desk blogging. You might as well get something in while your writing at your desk. Great for posture and core!

    Yours in Health!

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