Let's be honest, we're all busy. Working out, exercising, feeling good...what nice ideas, but really who has time for all that? You do, I do, we all do...especially if it only takes 7 minutes!
Leave it to the scientist at the Human Performance Institute in Florida to figure out the perfect 7 minute workout. In an article in the May-June issue of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal they detail the 12 exercises you can do, in just 7 minutes, using only your own body weight, a chair and a wall.
While the workout lasts just 7 minutes, don't expect it to be a comfortable 7 minutes. The whole concept is to do high intensity training, with at most 10 seconds rest between routines. The good news - the intense training combines the benefits of a long run and a visit to the weight room. The bad news - it's going to be the longest 7 minutes you have ever felt.
The New York Times has a nice write up on the workout routine and this handy image -
Got an extra 60 seconds to spare in your day? You can try Jorge Cruise's 8 Minute Workout. While not published in a peer reviewed journal, it was on Oprah, and really are you going to go against Oprah? Again, the plan involves high intensity interval training and shows that you don't need much time to see positive health benefits from working out.
Sounds logical that you could lose some weight if you did 5-7 hours of jogging a week. The problem is, that averages out to 1 hour a day of running, and honestly, some people find it difficult to schedule that time. Now researchers in Australia have found a super efficient exercise that you do 20 minutes a day, for 3 days a week and see the same weight loss as people who jog 5-7 hours a week.
We could go on and on, but the point is science is discovering ways to make exercise more and more efficient and therefore less time intensive. No more excuses, Feeling Good is well within your reach. Drink some Baobab, endure a tough 7 minutes and then Feel Good all day.
Have a quick way to Feel Good that we missed? Leave it in the comments below.