One of the most common excuses for not exercising is that we can’t find the time.
While we all lead busy lives, exercise and keeping fit is an important aspect as it can keep you healthy and even make you live longer.
Thankfully, a new study has revealed that it only takes seven minutes of exercise a day to help you keep fit and shed weight.
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The study was published in The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness and saw 29 people between the ages of 18 and 30 do a seven minute workout every day for six weeks.
After the study period was up, the research found that those who participated in the workout had a lower BMI and a decreased waist and hip circumference along with lower fat mass.
The paper revealed: “Even in normal-weight individuals who perform the seven-minute workout, improvement through a decrease in waist circumference can be achieved thus leading to a better cardio-protective nutritional status.”
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What’s more is the workout is super easy. According to lead study author, Lama Mattar, the workout is high intensity and is formed of 12 exercises each performed for 30 seconds with a 10-second rest period between.
These exercises include star jumps, wall sits, push ups, crunches, step-ups, squats, tricep dips, planks, high knees running in place, lunges, pushups and side planks.
It can all be done in a small space (read: your bedroom or lounge) and the only exercise equipment required is a sturdy chair for the step-ups.
The workout is extremely effective as it uses the participant’s body weight and is similar to other HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts.
Lama added: “It is very short and can be done at home or in the office which gives flexibility to busy individuals that have time constraints.”
However, Lama made it clear that the seven-minute workout would not replace a full and complete workout program, but that it’s a “good entry point to improved fitness and body weight control”.
For those looking to get into fitness, lose a bit of weight or who struggle to find time to exercise – this could be the solution.