Seven Minute Workout

12well_physed-tmagArticleEarlier this month I read a popular post on the New York Times Well Blog titled “The Scientific Seven Minute Workout.” The post describes a  fitness routine put forth in a recent article in the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal. After learning about the routine’s benefits, and what little time and equipment are needed, I decided to give it a try.

I’ll admit I was a little cocky. A seven minute workout? Please. I’ve worked out for 24 hours straight. Even before doing the workout for the first time, I was tacking on time to each of the intervals—30 seconds, pshh. I’ll do 60 seconds.

But let me tell you, that first 7 minute workout was a humbling experience. Even the jumping jacks were hard. I couldn’t stop looking at my watch—has it been 30 seconds yet? Only 10. What?! And the wall sit? Let’s not even talk about the wall sit. I’m still having nightmares.

I did my first 7 minute workout on Saturday. Parts of my body were still sore on Tuesday.

Although I spend a lot of time running and biking, and incorporate some strength training, there are clearly parts of my body that aren’t reaping the benefits of those activities. I’m going to try to keep it up with this 7 minute workout routine, maybe every other day or so. It’s unpleasant for sure. But in this case, that seems like a good thing.

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