Doing a 7 minute exercise cycle makes you younger. I’m going to turn you onto something that’s fun, fast, effective and will make you look and feel amazing. The cool thing about this exercise routine is that it’s over almost as soon as you started, you can pace yourself, you don’t need to drive to a gym, and it WORKS!
This particular high intensity circuit has amazing physical effects, including reversing aging, developing core strength, improving cardiopulmonary health and decreasing the insulin resistance seen in type 2 diabetes.
I’ve always been active but I’ve never really been an exercise junkie. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve done plenty of hiking, mountain biking, touring on my bicycle around the world, and going up mountains on my backcountry telemark skis, but it’s never been about “the exercise,” for me. I just love being out in the world.
Nevertheless, once I started having health problems and started learning to redress them, I started discovering a lot of amazing research that has been done on health.
One of the real turning points, for me, was reading Tim Ferriss’ The Four-Hour Body which I highly recommend, along with his other books like The Four-Hour Workweek and The Four-Hour Chef. They are excellent works on health, money-making and cooking.
They are full of tools for those interested in how much simpler, quicker, easier, more relaxed and FUN it can be to enjoy an extraordinary life.
Tim Ferriss has dedicated himself to the art of learning, and has applied this art to many aspects of his life. That being said, The Four-Hour Body is a brick of a book. Brilliant and very well worth reading. Tim Ferriss harnessed his obsessive-compulsive neurology to enjoy an extraordinary life adventure and make amazing contributions. His question with The Four Hour Body was how he could maximize ALL of his health parameters with MINIMAL time, effort, activities.
With Tim Ferriss’ contribution, I became aware of High Intensity Circuit Training; pushing ourselves into maximal output for very brief periods of time, like 30 seconds, and then relaxing for brief periods of time.
Several years ago I came across a New York Times article on a 7-minute High Intensity Training Circuit that uses no equipment other than a wall and a chair, and have done it 2-3 times/week for the last two years, with incredible results. I’ve pushed myself into doing more pushups, and am up to 160 straight pushups and 50 of the pushups with rotation. (You can find the original article, by Brett Klika and Chris Jordan,from the American College of Sport’s Medicine Health & Fitness Journal HERE.) They are 12 exercises, each done for 30 seconds, with 10 seconds of rest in between. ENJOY!
If you want more exercise than 7 minutes, just repeat the circuit as many times as desired. Also, there’s an app for the circuit. I haven’t used it, but you may find it useful. When I first started out, I installed a little timer program on my computer that cycled 30 seconds of activity with the recommended 10 second periods of rest in between each exercise, but I haven’t found it really necessary, after first getting the hang of it.
The extra push-ups stretch my workout to around 15 minutes, which is still very short. Yet the effect on my body, my mental outlook and my energy levels are amazing. I’ve never had my muscles as defined as they are now and I’m proud to take off my shirt and see how my body’s changing. High Intensity training tends to increase human growth hormone, which decreases, and even reverses, aging. 7 minutes of exercise that make you younger! Imagine that!
Try it out for a few months and let me know your results.