Even if you can’t block off the time for that 90-minute yoga class or three mile run, there’s still no reason you can’t rev up your metabolism and benefit from many of the healthful aspects of a workout. In fact, some research has suggested that a short blast of intense exercise can boost metabolism for the entire day more effectively than a workout that’s slow and steady.
And if you can squeeze in a few five minute sessions scattered throughout the day, even better: research suggests that several small, intense moments of exercise over the course of a day actually improve blood pressure more dramatically than one longer workout.
But not all five minute exercises are created equal, so we asked two resident fitness experts to come up with their best plans. Here are two takes—a bodyweight conditioning circuit and a yoga program.
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