We know that exercise is important for us to stay healthy. How much exercise do you need? Some people run a few miles per day, some people run more. Some people spend 5 hours in the gym every day, but is all of this necessary?

Let’s look at how much exercise you really need to stay healthy.

Your Purpose of Exercising

What’s your purpose of exercising? Do you want to be healthier and lower the risk of different diseases? Do you want to lose weight?

Of course, it can make a difference what your purpose is because there’s a different kind of exercises for every purpose. If you want to be as big as a bodybuilder, you don’t just go for a walk once a day, for example.

If you’re looking to get healthier, then I might have the perfect solution for you. Let’s talk about that.

Can a Small Amount Make A Difference?

Can a small amount of exercise make a difference for your health? I think that’s a very valid question because I think the number 1 reason why people don’t get their exercise done, if because they don’t have the time to do it.

When you have school/work/family or other things that take up all of your time, then you don’t have a couple of hours to spend in the gym each day, right?

What if I told you that there might be a way for you to get healthier by doing a 5-minute exercise, instead of using hours?

Would you believe me? I don’t blame you if your answer to that is ”no”. I didn’t think it was possible either

I heard about some studies that had been made about that subject, so I started my research because I didn’t think that be true.

It turns out there have been a lot of studies about this, which I will link for later on, in case you don’t believe me.

The concept is about exercising for a few minutes a couple of times a week, instead of spending hours on exercising.

There have been studies with a lot of people who tried this for 4 weeks.

They did the workout plan 5 minutes (excluding rest time) 3 times a week, and it was proven to have positive results for their fitness and health.

And who can’t find 5 minutes every second day to do some exercise? Now you can’t use time as an excuse anymore, because no one is so busy that they can’t put 5 minutes aside during their day. You can just get up a little earlier and do it.

Now it’s important to remember that this isn’t something you do at a slow pace. This is high-intensity studies, which means that you work out for 5 minutes, yes, but you give it everything you’ve got. If you’re not exhausted and completely out of breath after those minutes, then you’re not doing it right.

The whole idea is: can you go crazy for 5 minutes and get the same effect as a slower pace exercise for 30+ minutes

The workout plan (which can be done from home) on study 1:

60 seconds Star Jumps

90 seconds rest

60 seconds Mountain Climbers

90 seconds rest

60 seconds High Knees

90 seconds rest

60 seconds Star Jumps

90 seconds rest

60 seconds Mountain Climbers

Study 2:

This was about a study on a man which was told that he had to exercise for 3 minutes per week.

3 minutes. How messed up is that? He couldn’t believe it either, because you always learn that minimum 30 minutes per day, right?

All he had to do was cycling on a machine for 20 seconds and give everything he had in him. It’s not just some relaxing workout, it’s giving everything you’ve got for 20 seconds, then relaxing, and repeating this 3 times so he exercised for 1 minute, 3 times a week. It helped him as well to be healthier, but I suggest reading the study and then coming back because it’s very interesting.

Now I have to say one thing! Some people didn’t see the great difference in some of these studies because we all function differently. More about that in the next part of the article.

You can read the studies for yourself if you’d like


1. Is There A Shortcut To Getting Fit?

2. Fit In Three Minutes


As I mentioned, it may not work amazing for everyone, because we have different genes and our body works differently.

It’s like that with everything. Some people lose weight easily, some people gain muscle easily, some people work out constantly and get really strong without getting any bigger.

But in study 1 they saw a very positive outcome of the small workout from home had a big difference in the ones who tried it.

Small Things To Do In Your Everyday Life

The small things in life also do a difference in your health. Instead of using the elevator then use the stairs.

If you have the opportunity, then stand up when you’re using your computer.

Walk around when you’re on the phone with someone.

Tiny changes like that can make you be healthier because while it isn’t some huge exercise, then it’s way better than sitting in your chair all day long.

Final Thoughts

I had no idea that exercise could be done in 5 minutes instead of 30+ until I started looking at studies and research the subject.

That is why I wanted to share that with the ones of you who haven’t heard about it either! Because that news is just great if you don’t have the time to exercise all the time.

I hope you learned something new today, and if you have any experience with this then feel free to leave a comment!

You have no excuse of not giving this a go! It’s a few minutes per week. You have the time to do that! 🙂

Thank you for reading, I’ll see you in the next article

Keep reading: What is the Importance of Stretching

All the best

Sebastian / Northern Nature

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