Are 5-minute workouts the future?

There’s a new You Tube sensation, but is it a substitute

Published by Steve Foreman on Oct 16, 2020

We all know the benefits of exercise and most of us know that we really should be doing more than we are. We all have busy lives with many competing demands on our time, therefore most of us want to achieve as much as possible in the shortest amount of time. Help could be at hand, there is a new ‘YouTube sensation’ that believes you can achieve a great deal in just five minutes. ‘Shaun T’s 5 Minute Workouts’ are racking up lots of views, with most of his videos having attracted more than 40,000 views. No kit workouts, chest workouts, leg workouts, there are many to choose from.

When you view the videos it quickly becomes apparent that there isn’t a great deal of time for any rest during these workouts, it really is one exercise after another for five minutes. Think about your last workout, at home or in the gym, how much time did you actually spend exercising? Actually exercising – checking your phone, chatting with your workout buddy, filling up your water bottle doesn’t count. This is why a five-minute workout could have its benefits, its 5 complete minutes of exercise.

In reality, is it as beneficial as a 30 – 60 minute workout, probably not. However, if you can do this regularly, it is much better for you than doing nothing. These workouts are not for the faint hearted and we are not endorsing these videos, but if you’d like to experience the challenge of 5-minutes of high intensity exercise, we have included links to some examples below.

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