Try this five-minute standing core workout for a quick ab blaster

If you find yourself strapped for time but craving exercise this speedy core workout will only take five minutes to complete

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If you work at a desk all day it might feel like you spend your week sitting down and like you have no time to exercise. But simply leaving your desk for five minutes every so often will give your eyes a break from the screen and a chance to move your body, staying as active as possible.

The abs are a great area to train on the regular and not just for improving definition but a strong core helps to improve posture, this is especially handy for desk workers.  As well as building a strong core to help with staying upright you can also use a best posture corrector to help prevent back pain.

This five-minute ab workout is an effective way to fit exercise into a busy working day. You don't need any equipment you just need to step away from your desk for five to give this standing workout a go.

This short routine comes from Cassey Ho the creator behind the popular fitness brand Blogilates. The certfied Pilates and fitness instructor is known for posting quick and effective ways to stay trim and toned via home fitness hacks. Often she shares these to Instagram where she has over 2.2 million followers.

During this ab workout you will complete three simple moves that will help get you moving while engaging the core. 

Five-minute ab blasting workout

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As you can see in the video it is ideal for a quick blast of exercise but it also can be used as a warmup before a more demanding workout.

Having a strong is beneficial in helping with various skill-related forms of physical exercise. This 2014 study (opens in new tab) published in the BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation journal revealed that core strength training is an effective way to improve things like balance, coordination and speed.

If you're eager to find other ways to engage and strengthen your core then you can use our guide on the best workouts for abs

Alternatively, you can add a best ab roller to your home gym. This small piece of equipment guarantees to train your whole core including your abs, obliques, lower back and gluten.

Jessica Downey
Staff Writer

Jessica is Staff Writer at Fit&Well. Her career in journalism began in local news and she holds a Masters in journalism. Jessica has previously written for Runners World, penning news and features on fitness, sportswear and nutrition. 


When she isn't writing up news and features for Fit&Well covering topics ranging from muscle building, to yoga, to female health and so on, she will be outdoors somewhere, testing out the latest fitness equipment and accessories to help others find top products for their own fitness journeys. Her testing pairs up nicely with her love for running. She recently branched out to running 10Ks and is trying to improve her time before moving on to larger races. Jessica also enjoys building on her strength in the gym and is a believer in health and wellness beginning in the kitchen. She shares all of this on her running Instagram account @jessrunshere which she uses for accountability and for connecting with like-minded fitness lovers.