I have dreams and goals. I have a dream of beating my PR at my next 5k....I have a goal of a possible half marathon later this year. I need to be working out if I want to see these goals and dreams come to fruition. I struggle. It's not really even excuses. It's time. It's learning how to fit it in to my lifestyle and around my husbands whims.
So when I saw the seven minute workout I was quite interested. Do I think it's a substitute for a full body cardio, blood pumping workout? No! But would it be a quick easy addition to my day? Yes!
I headed into this short workout with very minimal upper body strength. Strength training had been spotty at best. Yes, I know I need to fix that....thus my decision to try out this mini workout!!!
This morning I prepared myself to get down to business for 7 minutes. Basically the picture above shows each of the moves you do. Simply do each move for 30 seconds and voila...7 minutes! I don't know if it's important to move through the exercises in the exact order. I can only assume so in order to let certain muscles rest whilst still moving.
I started.....Jumping jacks! Easy, no problem. I was feeling quite cocky with myself at this point, thinking it was going to all be a piece of cake! 30 seconds down and I moved on to the wall sit. 15 seconds in and my legs were burning!!! Wowzers.
Next up, push ups. I hit my first snag. Have I mentioned that my upper body strength is lame at best? Yeah, sissy push ups for me. On wobbly arms I made my thirty seconds.
Thirty abdominal crunches later...they weren't too bad (thank you Zumba instructor Anita for all of the an work we do). Step ups.....and here is where I noticed it. 2 minutes of actual exercise and I was starting to get a little heated. The squats were next, I could feel my muscles quivering a bit. By the time the tricep dips came around it was official! I was breathing hard and sweating! Was totally not expecting that! Not at all!
I finished up the rest of the twelve moves. I could feel it. My muscles were worked.
I really struggled with the two push-ups. Yikes! At least I figured out where my issues are!!! I do think that his workout would be one that if done consistently would be quickly outgrown. Then I would simply need to become a 14 minute workout I guess.
I think that this workout will be something I try to incorporate into my daily life. Who can't find seven minutes???