No Excuses — A 5 Minute Exercise Routine

In the video above, Megan Hoffman beautifully demonstrates an easy way to start a life of exercise, beginning with just five minutes a day.

In these five minutes, Ms. Hoffman shows you exercises that touch all the body, for strength and cardiovascular fitness. As you improve, you can cycle through the exercises sequence as many times as you feel you can.

If you now can only do one set (one cycle) you don’t need a rest day — do it every day. However as you increase the sets and thereby tax the body, you’ll need a rest day in between exercise days. On the rest day, do something else, like walk up a hill, or do yoga. Just remember not to exercise at least one day a week.

One other pointer — you can modify the push-ups by placing your knees on the floor to reduce the weight your arms need to push. Less weight is achieved with your knees on the floor and feet resting on the floor as well, and more weight can be loaded by keeping your knees on the floor but raising your feet to your buttocks.

Once you’re zipping through this routine several times and want to move to the next level, check out my six-part series, The Functionally Fit Fast Workout.


Joe Garma

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Tummy Tuck Belt - May 9, 2012

It was helpful reading about the advantages of taking part in this 5-minute exercise routine when you’re short on time.  Thanks for providing this info.

Stacy Hall - June 1, 2014

Very cool little workout–not at all intimidating, so I really think I can do this on a regular basis. Thanks! <3

Joe Garma - June 1, 2014

Stacy, one week from now, if you’re still not doing whatever workout you want to do on a regular basis, then shape the path.

What I mean by this is to make it so you’ll do it. For instance, at the appointed time each day you designate, go to the exercise spot and just stand there for one minute. Make that your habit. Then add to it.

For ideas on this, read about “tiny habits” at



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