7 Minute Workout

Transcript of the Feature ‘Health Matters’ on Radio X  from 17 March 2014

I’m Tom Meyers, Stress Coach and welcome to another episode of Health Matters.

Todays topic is about fitness: What if a 7 minute workout a day would give you the same results as several hours of running around the block or several workouts in the gym a week ? Would you try it?


Sounds to good to be true. Well this is what two guys from the Human Performance Institute, Division of Wellness and Prevention in Orlando, Florida suggest. They came up with a 7 minute high intensity circuit training using body height and hint that 7 minutes a day decreases body fat, increases endurance and muscular fitness.

7 minutes… spread over 12 exercises of 30 seconds with a pause of 10 seconds between each. No special tools are needed just you and your body weight a chair – however take one without wheels – and your local wall.

You can even download a free app for your smartphone to guide you along, easy.

Well they say you have to go deep during these 7 minutes as that is the point. You must face your discomfort zone for this one but off-course knowing your limits and to stop before you get injured is the message.

With the exercises there are also contraindications so don’t do this when your overweight, untrained, injured or suffer from hypertension or a heart disease. And if you’re starting from scratch meaning having done no exercise for a long time and your unsure about your health then a doctors visit is recommended before you start.

These exercises wont make you an athlete and it maybe a hype for the moment but it might be just the ticket for you to start to doing some exercises, to get moving again or to pick up those good intentions again you set out at the beginning of the year. Yes while I’m at it how are you doing with those new years resolution? Did you join the fitness club and are you still going? Did you know that in Belgium the average time a person is actually an active member is only 2 ½ months…

Anyway before your start think about your motivation as willpower is  something you can fall back on and what you need to make it a lasting experience.

Built it up gradually and have a thorough look at all the exercises one by one to check out the right posture.

End with a reaset breathing exercise to get your system back into ease mode.

And last but not least have fun.

For more information on the 7 minute workout do a google search you’ll find plenty including the various apps and videos

I’m Tom meyers, Stress Coach for Body and Mind and contributor of thought to a healthier way of living.

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