Science Says All You Need For a Good Workout is 7 Minutes

I enjoy many things: bacon, cheese, wine, reading, polishing my nails, rock wall climbing, cooking, hanging with my friends, dark chocolate and a myriad of other things.  No where on that list is working out.  I work out because I have to, pure and simple.  So, if I can do a workout in 7 minutes that accomplishes what usually takes me 45 minutes to an hour, please believe i'm going to be all over it like bacon on a BLT.

I have long incorporated bits of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) into my workout routine but never before has it been my only routine. After coming across  this NY Times article and reading this article in the ACSM Health and Fitness Journal on which it is based, I decided to challenged myself to no more than 7 minutes of workout per day for the next 30 days. I'm almost bursting with excited!

Image Source:  NY Times Blog

Image Source: NY Times Blog

The idea is to do each of the exercises shown above for 30 seconds with a 10 second rest in between sets.  According to the report, the 30 second intervals should be unpleasant with intensity level hovering at about an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10.  So, I'm thinking I should almost be breathless by the end of each 30 second interval.   

As I start the challenge I'll count the reps it takes to get to breathless and see how much I can increase the reps by the end of 30 days.  I'll report back 10/16/14.

Think you want to try it it with me? Obviously if you have health issues you should check with your doctor before starting any new exercise routine.  Also, be sure to check out  this article in the ACSM Health and Fitness Journal for more of the science behind the 7-minute workout.   

I'm starting TODAY!

Posted on September 16, 2014 and filed under Fitness, Health.