Here’s a quick hit workout and surefire way to burn 100 calories in 5 minutes. With our trusty Beeb recently reporting today’s Brits consume an average of 200-300 excess cals per day, it’s important to burn the extra calories we eat! These easy exercises are great to do first thing before your morning shower, or just ahead of bed at night to stay trim. It’s crunch time. And no, we’re not talking about munching Doritos.
Start with 50 Star Jumps
Cardio is a girls’ best frenemy these days. Get your heart twinkling and start cal-burning with 50 star jumps. Aim for your heels to hit the ground with each bounce and your finger tips to touch high above your head. Think rock solid ‘pointy star’. Try not to flail about and forget how much you hated these at school.
Better Do 40 lunges (20 on each leg)
Exhaust the muscles in the backs of each thigh in turn, by stepping back and lunging 20 times on the right, then the left. Picture the butt of your dreams as you do. The trick is to create a 90° right angle with your pins and not lunge too low or tap the floor with your knee at any point.
Everyone’s Fave: 30 Sec Forearm Plank Hold
Keep your body in one, long n’ lean straight line, including that butt of your dreams (don’t let it rise above shoulder-level), and hold shape for 30 seconds. You can do it! Be sure to avoid holding your breath.
On Your Bike
For 20 bicycle-style sit ups, that is. Keep your chin tucked, hands interlinked behind your head and knees in line with your hips (think about forming a 90° right angle again, this time laying on your back). Now ‘cycle’ one leg straight out in front of you and pull it back in again, taking opposite elbow to knee. We like to ride our bicycle, no?
Take 10 Slow Squats on Tip Toes
Slow and steady wins the race (or achieves the tightest buttocks in this case). Performing a wide-legged, deep-seat squat high on your tip toes works closely into all the bits of your backside you want to tone. You’ll feel this in your calves, backs of your thighs and bum. It’s a yummy one. Make sure you can spy your big toes at all times, or your knees are coming out too far.
Dip it Low with 5 Wide Arm Push Ups (knees up or down)
Hit the ground with your hands spread wide, upper back broad and elbows directly beneath your shoulders. Take these 5 press ups as slowly as possible, and remember the golden rule: keep your tum tight and crunching in.
Subway? You Wish
Sub any exercises above you strongly dislike, or cannot do due to injury, for the equivalent number of burpies, regular knees bent or straight-legged crunches, secs of on-the-spot jogging, side-to-side squats or another hit cardio move of your choosing. The reason this routine guarantees to burn 100 calories in 5 minutes is because it gets your heart racing and blood pumping! There’s no hidden tricks.
Follow Up Workout with Water
Once you’ve completed this top technique to burn 100 calories in 5 minutes – drink. Downing the widely recommended 8 pints per day is the best way to keep your metabolism ticking fast, and, you know, get the ‘butt of your dreams’. If not an idealistic pot of gold. It might be.
This way to burn 100 calories in 5 minutes is quick, tried and tested! Let us know if it gets your heart racing in the comments below!
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Ashleigh Lauren is a freelance writer and blogger, specialising in travel and lifestyle content. She has a 1st-class BA in English Language & Communication with Publishing from Oxford Brookes. Read about her adventures drinking tea and exploring the world with her best friend at Tearavel.blog (https://tearavel.blog). Ashleigh co-founded Tearavel at the start of 2018, with the aim of inspiring would-be, twentysomething, female adventurers to pack their bags too.