When it comes to fitness, intensity beats time. Research over the past few years has shown that as little as four minutes of high-intensity exercise can deliver the same health benefits as 30 minutes of moderate activity.
Now, new research suggests that frequency beats time too. A recent European Journal of Applied Physiology study found that performing three 10-minute workouts a day improved cardiovascular health more than one 30-minute sweat session.
To help you get the most health benefits in the least time, try this five-minute bodyweight circuit from Patrick Thompson, a personal trainer in Peoria, Illinois.
Warm up by walking in place for five minutes.
To do the circuit, perform the first exercise for one minute, then move immediately to the next. Once you finish the fifth exercise, your workout is complete. Ideally, you’ll want to perform the workout multiple times throughout the day. But if you can’t, don’t sweat it! Try again the next day.