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The 7-Minute Circuit

7 minute circuit

This has turned into a week of my favorite sites. Since it’s holiday season, consider it my version of Oprah’s Favorite Things… Except instead of cars, I am gifting you web links. : ) You get a link! And you get a link! And you no? Ok. Moving on. : )

This next site is one I use on an almost weekly basis. It’s my go-to when I’m not able to make it to the gym but still want a solid workout. And really, according to this article from the New York Times, it may be even more effective than clocking hours on the treadmill, anyway. The workout is an intense, fast-paced circuit that has been scientifically crafted to maximize effort into seven uncomfortable, but impactful, minutes. Since it’s only seven minutes long, I typically do about four rounds, but you can choose what works for you.

Reasons why I like it:

1) When I get home from a full day at the office, my attention span is down to about 30 seconds. Which just so happens to be the amount of time spent on each exercise in this circuit.

2) On my longest, tiredest, hungriest days, it takes me about 11 seconds to talk myself out of working out. Fortunately, each rest period in this circuit is only 10 seconds. So before I can even make a beeline for the couch, the next exercise has started, and who can’t do something for just 30 more seconds? It’s a vicious, beautiful cycle. : )

3) No need to go out and buy more of those stretchy exercise bands. Or extra pair of dumbbells. Or whatever the latest fancy-schmancy equipment may be. This is a workout you can do in your apartment, with furniture you already have, right after rolling out of bed in your pajamas, glasses and bare feet if you have to. I may or may not be speaking from personal experience.

4) The first time I tried this workout, I tried to count my intervals from my cell phone’s timer, which left me breathless and off-pace when moving from exercise to exercise. Then this site was created. And the angels rejoiced.

5) No gym membership? No problem.

I know that on our better days, we may make it to the gym for a complete cardio and weight training workout. Or maybe outside for a long run. We can feel the endorphins surge through us as we scream, “Give me more reps! I love working out!” But on the days we can’t get there, and even on the days when we’re pumped to work out but need a change from the usual exercise routine, this circuit has become one of my very favorite go-to’s.

{Image credit Ben Wiseman from the New York Times.}

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