The Truth About 5-Minute Workouts

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We're officially in the thick of one of the busiest times of year. All that time you might have had in, say, September, for your hour-plus visits to the gym are dwindling, but that doesn't mean you have to miss out the benefits of those workouts. Instead, cut down your routine to the most intense — and most effective — moves. Shape offers up a few tips on how to have a quick (we're talking between five and ten minutes) workout where you still get results.
Cardio, even in smaller servings, is always going to do great things for you. Whether taking a seven-minute jog or biking for ten minutes, you'll feel more alert, and you'll have taken one more step toward maintaining a healthy heart.

Also, even if you do have time to spare for a full workout, short, high-intensity training offers benefits all its own. The key with shorter workouts is to push yourself as hard as you can, then rest. Why else would we call it high-intensity?

Click through to Shape for the details on these short but intense workouts. (Shape)