It's summer, which means exercising is even more trying than it is at other times of the year. Finding the motivation to sweat it out is that much harder when Mother Nature seems determined to wring all the energy out of you anyway. But what if you had to endure all the discomfort that comes with exercise for just seven minutes and could still lose weight?
According to Chris Jordan, the director of exercise physiology at the Human Performance Institute in Orlando, Florida, all you need to become fit and lose fat are seven minutes, a chair, a wall and your own body weight.
In an article Jordan has written for the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal, Jordan has provided a 12-step routine that should be completed in seven minutes and should be "unpleasant" for the exerciser.
Manage this, and Jordan says you'll be fit in no time. The New York Times says there is some scientific evidence supporting Jordan's theory. According to some studies, "even a few minutes of training at an intensity approaching your maximum capacity produces molecular changes within muscles comparable to those of several hours of running or bike riding."
However, if you thought that you'd eke out seven minutes during work for a workout, be warned. He wants you to do things like jumping jacks and push-ups with rotation, which might be difficult to manage while working on the computer and explain to your supervisor should they chance you while you're working out. In comparison, the suggestion of sitting on a stability ball instead of a chair (it strengthens your core) and doing curls with dumbbells may be more discreet.