The Scientific 7-Minute Workout

8 September 2014HealthScienceSports

Gretchen Reynolds, writing for The New York Times Magazine back in May 2013:

Exercise science is a fine and intellectually fascinating thing. But sometimes you just want someone to lay out guidelines for how to put the newest fitness research into practice.

An article in the May-June issue of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal does just that. In 12 exercises deploying only body weight, a chair and a wall, it fulfills the latest mandates for high-intensity effort, which essentially combines a long run and a visit to the weight room into about seven minutes of steady discomfort — all of it based on science.

Despite playing lots of sports in my youth, I’ve become pretty sedentary since graduating from University. I don’t like going to the gym so this seems like a great option for someone like me. It’s something I can do in my spare time, in my own home, without any special equipment.

With help from the well designed but terribly named ‘7 Minute Workout “Seven” with High Intensity Interval Training Challenge‘ I am going to see if I can stick with this for the next seven months.