First, unrelated to anything at all, I need to tell you how I can not get enough of this Royals song. It’s probably going to drive me absolutely insane from being overplayed in about a month, but for right now I love it so much.
Next, I need to confess that I am completely failing at my 30 days of exercise challenge. Oh, I’ve made a few half hearted attempts here and there, but mostly… nothing.
I know several of you were joining me in this. How are you doing?
Yesterday I came across the Seven Minute Workout in a magazine, and apparently this is well and truly a Thing (more on the science behind how this works in that NYT article) now. My first thought was: seven minutes? Wheee! That’s not really how it is meant to be used. The idea is that you can carve out seven minutes, several times a day. (I think. It’s kind of unclear if you can really consider yourself finished after seven minutes.) Who doesn’t have seven minutes? I tried out two of the free apps yesterday. By “tried” I mean that I did one seven minute circuit and then just played around with another one of the apps without actually doing the workout.
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, it’s circuit training, with 30 seconds spent on each of the following exercises: jumping jacks, wall sit, push ups, abdominal crunches, step ups, squats, triceps dips, plank, high knees running, lunge (I accidentally typed “lunch” here,) push up and rotation, and side plank.
It’s seven minutes and I was sweating.
I liked The 7 Minute Workout best, because it counts down out loud within each exercise. (All of the ones I tried showed a timer on the screen, but I liked hearing the countdown.)
If you try to exit mid-workout it gives you this charming message.
I also like Seven, because it gives you the option to do up to five circuits without having to restart the workout. (Five circuits! As if.)
In all seriousness, there’s absolutely no reason I can’t carve out seven minutes in the morning to get this done.