While King Charles might be embarking on a new health battle, his approach to wellbeing and fitness has been consistent throughout his life. New reports suggest the King has long been a subscriber to an 11-minute daily workout routine developed by the military in the 1950s.
It’s called the ‘5BX routine’ a circuit that was masterminded by an academic for the Royal Canadian Airforce to keep its soldiers fit even when they didn’t have much time.
The Mirror reports that Charles’ father was also a fan of the workout, which bodes well as Prince Phillip lived until he was 99.
The workout consists of five different types of exercises, and it is said that the King liked to complete it every morning. Talk about Kingly strength!
The workout involves a style of movement called calisthenics, a type of strength training that uses body weight as resistance to complete compound movements.
It will ideally elevate the heart rate, improve flexibility and muscle strength.
How do you follow it at home?
King Charles III’s Morning Workout Routine
Step one involves a forward fold where you touch each foot and then windmill the hands up to circle (which involves a backbend).
A classic ‘V’ sit up, where you lie down flat on your back and then raise both the torso and feet off the ground making a ‘V’ shape with the body. A pretty hard one if you ask us!
The classic superman, where you lie down flat on your stomach and then reach the arms up and legs up like the hero from the DC Universe.
Like a push up but harder. This step involves getting into a position to begin a push up, but as you push up you use force to jump the torso higher and clap the hands together before placing them back on the ground and lowering the body.
This step involves running on the spot for 75 steps followed by ‘jack jump’. We’re not sure this is something the King still completes to this day, but luckily a ‘jack jump’ can be modified to suit different flexibilities and agilities.
All the steps are completed with a one mile run, completed in a faster time the more levels you go up.
There are different levels that indicate how long or how many reps you need to do an exercise for.
Would you follow it? See the full diagram below.