7 minute workout

Science says….YES!!

As I have previously written, high intensity interval training (HIIT), can be as beneficial, if not more, than moderate intensity prolonged exercise. Interval training must encompass both intense activity combined with brief periods of rest. Studies have shown that training at YOUR maximum capacity, even in short bursts, can cause molecular changes in your muscles and cardiovascular system.

The following 12 exercises are performed using only your body weight, a chair and wall!! This workout will essentially combine the benefits of a long cardio workout as well as resistance training into 7 minutes of HIIT.

Directions:

  • Perform each exercise below at a high-intensity effort for 30 seconds
  • For static exercises such as Wall Sit and Plank, hold the position for 30 seconds
  • Rest for 5 seconds between each exercise

1. Jumping Jack

Stand with feet hip-width apart. Jump feet open as you raise arms up to form an X. Jump feet back together as you lower arms to sides.

1. Jumping Jack

2. Wall Sit

Stand with back to wall. Walk feet away from wall as you slide back down wall, lowering body until hips, knees, and ankles are at 90-degree angles. Engage core to keep low back pressed against wall.

2. Wall Sit

3. Push-Up

Start in high plank, wrists under shoulders, core engaged. Lower chest to floor, keeping legs, hips, and back in a straight line. Press into palms to lift back up.

3. Push-Up

4. Crunch

Lie face-up on floor with knees bent and arms reaching straight out. Press low back into floor and engage core to lift shoulder blades up off the floor and slightly forward.

4. Crunch

5. Step-Up

Stand facing chair (or stool) and lift right foot onto seat. Press into heel of right foot to lift your body weight onto chair, balancing on right leg. Slowly lower back down to floor. Switch legs and repeat. Continue to alternate.

5. Step-Up

6. Squat

Stand with feet just wider than hip width, hips stacked over knees, knees over ankles. Hinge at hips then send hips back and bend knees to lower body. Keep chest lifted and lower to at least 90 degrees. Rise and repeat

6. Squat

7. Triceps Dip

Sit on edge of chair and place hands on edge just outside of hips. Walk feet out a few steps, slide butt off chair, and straighten arms. Bend elbows and lower body until arms are bent at about 90 degrees. Press down into chair to return to starting position.

7. Triceps Dip

8. Plank

Place hands directly under shoulders. Engage core and squeeze glutes to stabilize body. Keep neck and spine neutral. Head should be in line with back. Hold position.

8. Plank

9. High Knees

Stand tall with feet hip width. Engage core and use lower abs to lift and lower one knee at a time as if running in place. Bring knees to same height as hips, thighs parallel to floor, and try not to lean back. Stay on balls of feet and alternate legs as fast as possible.

9. High Knees

10. Lunge

Stand tall. Take a big step forward with right leg and lower body until right thigh is parallel to floor and right shin is vertical (don’t let knee go past right toe). Press into right heel to drive back up to starting position. Repeat on other side. Continue to alternate legs.

10. Lunge

11. Push-Up With Rotation

Start in high plank and lower body then press back up to perform a push-up. From high plank, shift weight to left arm and rotate body to left side. Hold side plank for one count keeping hips high. Return to starting position, perform push-up, and repeat on right side. Continue to alternate.

11. Push-Up With Rotation

12. Side Plank

Lie on one side with legs and feet stacked on top of one another. Lift hips to prop body up on elbow, keeping feet stacked. Press forearm into ground to keep torso and hips in a straight line. Hold.

12. Side Plank

Conclusion

  • The 7-minute workout undeniably has health benefits
  • It will raise your heart rate, increase your metabolism and build some strength
  • Disclaimer
    • Truly changing your body will require more than 7 minutes per day
    • Diet and Nutrition are still responsible for greater than 75% of health and wellness

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