5 Minutes for Fitness: Energy boost

by Lisa

Feeling sluggish and tired today?

Let’s get up and MOVE! Even just a few minutes of activity will give you a gigantic boost in energy.

Need a plan? Try this: (Do not take a break between each minute, just go right into the next)

Minute 1: march/jog around your house
Minute 2: jumping jacks (either high or low impact)
Minute 3: run up/down a flight of stairs
Minute 4: do squats, either standing squats or up against the wall. Keep your form in check!
Minute 5: dance around your house! Crank up the music and sweat!

Catch your breath, grab a drink of water and enjoy your energy! If you have more time, do it all over again.

I always find that a short burst of exercise gives me the energy I need to get me through my day. The next time you feel like you just cannot stay awake, try this out instead. You might be surprised by how GREAT it makes you feel!

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



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1 Bertie Ranger October 16, 2008 at 10:58 am

Love the tips!! Keep ‘em coming! I can always use an energy boost in the afternoon before the kids get home from school- and I think I’ll have to try this out!

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2 Vicki Bodwell October 16, 2008 at 11:46 am

I’m lucky enough to work near the Brooklyn Bridge. I try my hardest to take a walk back and forth on my lunch break–it clears my mind, gets me away from stress and surrounded by a beautiful view. Your five minute workout at home sounds intense but refreshing! I’ll have to try it this weekend.

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3 Susan October 16, 2008 at 2:07 pm

Janice is always telling me to run up and down my stairs to wake myself up, but I’ve never done it. But maybe I’ll listen to you Coach Lisa!

Thanks!

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4 Carrie Kerbs October 16, 2008 at 2:27 pm

I just did this! My 3-year-old just looked at me like I was crazy! Thanks! :)

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5 Organizing Mommy October 16, 2008 at 7:30 pm

Nice ideas! Here’s something funny (about fitness) that happened yesterday. After I got done teaching a pilates class, everyone said, “Oh that felt good..” and in the next breath.. “let’s go out for a whopper” We all burst into laughter!

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6 BlapherMJ October 17, 2008 at 9:12 am

My energy always drops when I get home from work and have to start my “second shift” with the kids! Thanks for the ideas – I’ll be doing this when I get home this evening!

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7 Healthy Moms October 18, 2008 at 11:16 pm

Great tips! I could sure use the 5 minute work out. Love this column!

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