Think you don’t have time to exercise? Think again. According to a piece in the May-June issue of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal you can get a full body workout with nothing but yourself, a chair and seven minutes. It combines cardio and strength training, and the whole program is based on scientific evidence. This is interval training at a high pitch. This regimen combines much of what you’d find in a regular fitness routine just in a much shorter timeframe. It was configured by a team of scientists at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Other institutions chipped in on the research portion as well. These researchers proved that in just seven minutes of doing this routine ramped up near your maximum endurance causes molecular changes in your muscles in just the same way as if you had spent hours biking or at the gym.
Interval training includes working out intensely followed by short breaks to recover. In this routine a ten second period of rest is included between the exercises. It also alternates between large muscle groups in the upper and lower parts of the body. During periods of rest muscles that haven’t gotten attention can rest. This makes the order of exercises in the routine crucial to its success. You do one exercise right after another at 30 seconds a pop. It’s very uncomfortable. But it’s a short workout. If you are interested in the seven minute workout talk to your doctor and see if it’s right for you. But also evaluate yourself. Pressed for time in your day, it could definitely be a beneficial way to get your exercise in. But if you can schedule a regimen, and I think we all can, pick something you don’t mind doing, riding a bike, running, swimming. There are all kinds of things you can do to keep yourself healthy, happy and fit.