5 ways to get fitter in 5 minutes

Finding ways to get fitter doesn't have to come down to spending more time working out. Sometimes all it takes is tweaking your existing workouts to produce better cardiovascular fitness, muscle tone and flexibility. Here's how

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3. Ramp it up in one-minute intervals

One of the best ways to give your fitness level a pick-me-up is with interval training, where you go harder than normal for a short time, then work out at an easier or moderate pace to recover.

You can boost fitness and burn extra calories in a moderately paced workout by adding intervals to your routine. Space one-minute intensity intervals about five minutes apart in your normal cardio workout. For each one-minute interval, exercise at a pace that feels challenging and vigorous. After the minute is up, go back to a moderate pace for the next four minutes. Repeat sequence until you’ve completed all five one-minute intervals. That’s five minutes total of intense, fitness-boosting exercise.

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