Seven minutes to get you fit

Seems like every day we get a new bit of research saying that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is the best way to increase and maintain a good level of fitness. Often these exercises take the form of stationary cycling or track running with 20-seconds on maximum effort, 10 seconds rest. (When I’ve not been running for a few weeks, I normally do a few 4 x 1000m interval sessions and that gets me right back where I left off.)

The New York Times reports on a straight forward routine that only requires a chair and a wall (and your own bodyweight) to do. It’s a circuit of 12 different exercises performed back-to-back in seven minutes.

The exercises should be performed in rapid succession, allowing 30 seconds for each, while, throughout, the intensity hovers at about an 8 on a discomfort scale of 1 to 10, Mr. Jordan says. Those seven minutes should be, in a word, unpleasant. The upside is, after seven minutes, you’re done.

While I’m really not thinking about giving up running, I don’t do enough strength training. This looks like a good routine to try out.

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