The 7-Minute Workout


The 7-Minute Workout

NY Times

It may sound too good to be true but the 7-minute workout has been scientifically proven to show similar results to the most extraneous endurance routines. With just 12 exercises executed in 7 minutes and the help of your body weight, a chair and a wall you can get into top physical shape!

How does it work, you ask?

The 7-minute workout is a version of high intensity interval training (HIIT), which combines extremely intense activity with brief periods of recovery. The work of scientists at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, along with other institutions shows, that even these few minutes of HIIT that encourage you to approach your maximum capacity, produce molecular changes in your muscles comparable to those of several hours of running or bike riding.

But don’t just half-heartedly skim through the workout expecting optimal results! Those 7 minutes need to be an 8 out of 10 on discomfort level, where you exert as much energy as possible. Between each exercise is a 10 second recovery period, allowing your muscles to relax. What’s even more important to note is that the order of the routine matters too. Each exercise is followed by an alternating exercise that emphasizes the opposite part of the body’s large muscle groups. During the rest period and the next exercise your upper body muscles have a chance to breathe, while you workout your lower body muscles and vice versa.

As unpleasant as those 7 minutes can be, this workout is perfect for many of us who are looking to maintain a healthy level of fitness. And hey, at the end of the day it’s only 7 minutes, right?!

Here’s a fun workout video to follow along to: