The jury's still out on whether or not the latest exercise trend toward minimalist workouts -- shorter, more strenuous ones over gruelingly long, kinda moderate ones -- is really as beneficial as some fitness experts are saying. However, I'm trying it out anyway because, well, because I'm willing to try anything to make exercise work in my life.
I HATE EXERCISE. HATE, LOATHE, DETEST, and ABHOR it. I've tried many different workout plans to get into a sustainable fitness routine, from joining the gym to jogging daily around my neighborhood, but nothing sticks. That said, I'm also a busy, working mom who NEVER finds time to work out -- or, if I'm really honest, finds the gumption to prioritize regular exercise. Sound familiar?
That's why the recent Scientific 7-Minute Workout piqued my interest. I mean, I always have seven minutes! So I've been doing this workout five days a week for a month. Five days a week! For a month! Here's how it's going ...
I'm not interested in losing a bunch of weight but more toning some problem areas and maintaining my current weight as I move from age 40 to (gulp!) age 50 and beyond. Of course, a nice five pounds off my frame would surely be welcome, but if my body can stay where it's at right now (for all eternity haha), then I'll be pretty happy (while wearing clothes).
And well, it's a good thing weight loss isn't my goal because after one full month of regular exercise, I haven't lost a single pound. But DON'T STOP READING YET -- I have gained several things that I feel are more important to me right now.
Here's what I've gotten out of these shorty but daily seven-minute workouts:
Who knows if this seven-minute turned 11-minute thing will stick forever. I'm under no illusions that I'll be doing it forever. But it feels good right now and in a way that's also really manageable and positive, something I never ever have said about a workout plan before. And for me, this is a wonderful first step toward changing what's in my head about exercise first. That's HUGE, so I'm going to enjoy it and hope the progression continues!
Do you do a minimalist workout? If not, would you try it or do you think they're bogus?
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