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Get Fit In Less Than 5 Minutes a Day With These 4 Proven Tips

By , Joe Robb

There is a good deal of conflicting advice out there about how to get fit, lose weight and be a better you. If you’ve followed SparkPeople for awhile, you know that we spend much of our time introducing you to workouts that really work, delving into diets that will help you lose weight and disproving health and fitness trends that aren’t worth your time.

But sometimes we don’t spend enough time tying everything together. We don’t list which workouts burn the most fat with the least chance of injury, or which diets perfectly balance your total nutritional needs. With the spring season upon us, we thought we’d take a break from our normal routine and tell you, in no uncertain terms, how you can reach your goals as efficiently as possible. We hope you enjoy these four ironclad rules to improve your diet and fitness.

Want a balanced diet that will help you shed the pounds and build muscle? Go vegan.

Turns out, herbivores have had it right all along. (There’s a reason why the brontosaurus was so big, yet svelte.) If you eat vegan, you will lose weight and get stronger. With most diets, you have to pay close attention to how much protein you’re eating in a given day, and how many carbs you’re putting in your body. Not if you eat vegan. In fact, a vegan diet is so healthy, you don’t even have to track what you eat!

Rocky Balboa was right: No pain, no gain!

Who would’ve thought a fictional movie could get things so right? It’s really not possible to get in the shape you want without a little pain along the way. Of course if it’s too much pain you’re probably pushing yourself too hard, but as long as you’re feeling a moderate amount of pain you’re probably right in the fat-burning zone. Sure, it’s not fun to have to suffer through the discomfort, but no one said getting fit was going to be easy!

Early birds win: The best time to exercise is between 1:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.

This one is a real bummer. I hate getting up early--much less before the sun has even risen--but a team of scientists out of Harvard’s Sleep Study Program monitored over 1,000 students over the course of three years and found that study participants who worked out between the hours of 1:00 and 4:00 a.m. burned 35 to 60 percent more fat than participants that worked out during any other time of the day. We were surprised, too, but we had our fitness coaches go over the study and it was sound. If you’d like to give it a look yourself, you can find it here.

If you can’t exercise hard and often, don’t exercise at all.

Small changes don’t work. If you really want to see change, you’ll have to change how you live your life to reach your goals. Be ready to change your schedule, your diet and everything you value if you want to get in better shape. To reach your goals, you’ll need to exercise at least twice daily, and you’ll need to push yourself just up to your limit with each workout. Then, three times per week, you’ll need to push yourself past that limit. Because that’s just how human physiology works.

If you haven’t guessed it yet, lovely SparkPeople, this is our April Fool’s prank! There isn’t a lick of truth in anything we wrote above; we actually measured it and it came in at zero percent on our truth scale. If you liked this post be sure to share it with someone else you think might get a kick out of it.

And if you want to know what we really think, and which fitness trends really do work, check out these pieces by our health and fitness professionals:

The Top 6 Fitness Myths and Truths

Busting the Top 4 Cardio Machine Myths

Take the Quiz: Weight Loss Myths and Truths

Happy April Fool’s Day!

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CKOUDSI617 5/14/2018
As some of us would say in Boston, "AwwBURRRRNNNNN"! Report
REEDSKI 5/3/2018
I was dumbfounded but believing it. When I read that if you don't exercise hard and often, you may as well not exercise, I knew that wasn't going to happen. I was glad I read the end! Report
ROBBIEY 4/23/2018
great article Report
IRONADONIS 4/19/2018
Thanks for sharing. Report
CLGUARINO 4/18/2018
I was getting really discouraged. Glad I finished reading the article.
MCJULIEO 4/7/2018
So glad this was for April 1!!! Report
KHALIA2 4/7/2018
You had me going! Report
LIS193 4/7/2018
Funny! Report
NANCYPAT1 4/6/2018
I laughed as I read it thinking - this has to be a joke! Report
PHOOANN 4/6/2018
Crap you really had me going, I was freaking out! Report
BONNIE1552 4/6/2018
Whew! So glad all this is not true. Great prank. Report
1965KAREN 4/5/2018
It even said APRIL FOOLS at the top of the page! Yet, I am reading this thinking this is not true, why are they saying this! And so on... Good joke!! You got me! Report
KHALIA2 4/4/2018
Happy April Fool's Day! Report
AJB121299 4/4/2018
Nice Report
Hahahaha :) Report
You got me. Wow. As I read I was thinking.. What??? Too funny.. Whew!! Glad I didn't lose my mind completely! Report
You really had me confused because I read this after the first and it all contradicts what y'all have been teaching me. Really funny though. Report
NANASUEH 4/3/2018
I wonder how many people missed that last paragraph and took these as gospel. Report
HOLY CRAP - you had me re-reading portion after portion telling myself this wasn't true and how could SPARK say this. Finally I read the bottom and saw it was an April Fool's joke. You got me!!!!! Report
LUV2RUN72 4/3/2018
You got me! Report
ROBBIEY 4/3/2018
good article Report
MNABOY 4/1/2018
Yes Report
MIYAMO 4/1/2018
I was really into this until exercise 1-4 am. Then I realized April Fool. You got me. Report
RHOOK20047 4/1/2018
Good tips.... Report
I hope people read the article until the end. I suspect some people won't realize it is a joke. :-) Report
KHALIA2 4/1/2018
Happy Resurrection Day! Report
AALLEY2 4/1/2018
Funny! Report
NELLJONES 4/1/2018
Going vegan is a lot harder than it sounds. Report
ATEAMSIS08 4/1/2018
Excellent article! Report
PWILLOW1 4/1/2018
Have a great April Fool's Day folks. Report
KIMJ01 4/1/2018
Boy, did you get me. I kept thinking, "This can't be right. Who wrote this?" Trust your gut impulse, right? Too funny. Report
MUSICNUT 4/1/2018
This is too funny!! Report
JANIEWWJD 4/1/2018
Loved this article!!! Report
Glad you called that April Fools, because I know people who believe and try to convince me some of those things. Well everything except exercising between 1 and 4 AM. Report
I was doing a double take. LOL Report
What a great article! Report
Love it. Report
Add me to the list of "fooled" :) Report
You got me! Report
I demand double points for having skimmed this!!!
I can't believe I got rick-rolled!! Amazing!! I'm like 0/5 today and I usually pick up on April Fool's jokes. This is not my year haha Report
Ha! Ha! You are so funny. By the time I read Rocky, I remembered this from last year when first JOINED. Report
Ha! Ha! Report
Very funny! Report
Well, that is the second April Fool's Joke I fell for today. Not doing well in the old brain! Report
yeah yeah April fool Report
You had me scratching my head for moment!! Report
I started to wonder what was happening to my favorite fitness site. Thanks for the good April Fool's joke! Report
I was ready to post this as inappropriate information. You got me. Report
This would be funnier if it didn't imply that going vegan was a much of a ridiculous joke as the rest of the article.
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