7-Minutes of Owee’s

An article in the May-June issue of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal lays down the law on the science behind exercising with their

“Scientific 7-Minute Workout”The-Scientific-7-Minute-Workout

There are 12 exercises featured, deploying only body weight, a chair and a wall. These seven minutes deem to be intense, unpleasant and highly uncomfortable- However, these extremely intense activities have been shown to produce molecular changes within muscles comparable to those of SEVERAL hours of running or bike riding!

Chris Jordan, the director of exercise physiology at the Human Performance Institute in Orlando, Florida, and co-author of the new article quotes,

“There’s very good evidence” that high-intensity interval training provides “many of the fitness benefits of prolonged endurance training but in much less time.”

In the program outlined by Mr. Jordan and his colleagues, this recovery is provided in part by a 10-second rest between exercises. “But even more, he says, “It’s accomplished by alternating an exercise that emphasizes the large muscles in the upper body with those in the lower body.” During the intermezzo, the unexercised muscles have a moment to, metaphorically, catch their breath, which makes the order of the exercises important. The exercises should be performed in rapid succession, allowing 30 seconds for each.

Are you up for the challenge? Try it out and send us your comments/complaints 🙂

This column appears in the May 12 issue of The New York Times Magazine

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